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post #1 of 7 Old 10-25-2008, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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2 Questions: first time to jump at show

I'm thinking of entering a small jumping class at a fun show. We really only do a little jumping at home, so I don't really know how to estimate heights and such.

How high are these block things on their tallest setting (like in photo)? I don't want to enter a class higher than that because that's what we're used to!

Also, I've been working on my release over fences and I find that I kind of rub my hands along my horse's mane. What happens when you have hunter braids in there? How can you run your hands up smoothly?

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-25-2008, 11:02 AM
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I believe they are about 15" or 18" max.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-25-2008, 11:03 PM
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We had those blocks at my old barn they were about 2'... but I can't really tell if they're the same ones without anything to compare them to in the picture. I would bring a ruler the next time you go out and just measure it to be safe.

I'm 99.9% sure your hunter braids won't interfere with your release. Especially since you'll be in the show ring, you'll probably be too concentrated to even feel them rub against your gloves. ;)
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Re: the braids... when you release it should be along the crest of the neck, not the mane, so slightly lower... that will eliminate the problem. Secondly, the release is just a release, it's not supposed to be used for balance, so there should only be minimal contact with the neck, so the braids shouldn't interfere.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-26-2008, 08:54 PM
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I have some of those blocks and they are about 2'

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-27-2008, 11:11 AM
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are those from the "Block Training System"? If so, set up at their highest like they are now should be exactly 2ft. (15 in set on their side and 9 in when flat... if I remember correctly )

Braids won't affect your ability to release... but if you push your hands too hard I imagine they will make make the braids more fuzzy and crooked.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-30-2008, 08:05 AM
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hey i dont have much to post apart from GO for it , its alot of fun, and for me to say that is a big thing as i am terrified of any competition XD. but last season i did a jumping comp and i loved it so much that im going for one next week. we also use those block but i have no idea about the height XD
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