I will be using Annie, my Appendix QH mare, in play competitions at first, then build my way up through the summer.
I am very much comfortable in an jumping saddle already. I started using it on my gelding Jester when I wanted to build my balance and calf muscles and not wanting to ride on his terrible whithers bareback. And I've jumped in it many times, and my trainer tells me I'm doing wonderfully.
So, a few questions...
1) Would it be a total no-no to keep my western bridle on while competing? I don't kow much about english show-ettiquette....and as for the reins, is there any super-special ultra-chic hunter reins I should know about? Or can I use use my old barrel reins?
2) Do I need to switch bits? I've been riding in either a curb or a snaffle, depending on what and where I'm riding. When I practice jumping I just throw the snaffle on her and go, and in the reining and cutting arena I use the curb. Is there any particular bit you would recomend me getting?
3) As far as clothing goes, does it honestly matter? I have a jacket, riding breeches, and boots if is necessary, but I honestly prefer my jeans. So much more comfortable.
4) Leg wraps? I have a whole load of splint boots and polo wraps. Do I need those over-the-hoof boots, too? I've never seen anyone jump with them, but I feel the need to ask anyway.
Yeah...I think that's it. If there's any other tips or tricks y'all would like to add, feel free. I'll need all the help I can get.