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    01-02-2010, 06:31 PM
Green Broke
I agree with Vegan!
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    01-03-2010, 10:11 PM
I ride western mainly too, but I jump as my main english event. I think everyone has pretty much covered it....but I wouldn't reccomend jumping in a curb, you should get a snaffle.
    01-07-2010, 07:14 PM
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Well, I can't believe I'm doing this....but I think I'm going to start jumping.

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.
1. No Western bridles! Western reins. Eh maybe.
2. Snaffle's fine
3. I ride in my jeans, halfchaps,paddock boots and spurs(english sputs no western spurs) ushually. Or tall boots, breeches, and spurs, which is ushually easier for me. I hate putting on half chaps. Obviously no half chaps or jeans for showing though, unless your show jumping but anything else like english pleasure, equitation/equitation over fences, and hunter/hunter over fences, you need proper show attire(tall boots, collared shirt, show jacket, helmet, and many judges prefer spurs over crops, I do too!)
4. For jumping polo wraps help prevent bruises and cuts. But for the flat you shouldn't need them.

Oh and I also agree with veganchick. 2-3 feet is WAY too big for a beggining show jumper. It drives me insane to see trainers letting their begginers go staight to 2'6, and then going to shows with jacked up jumping positions and no ribbons as a result.
    01-22-2010, 04:15 PM
2-3 feet?

Excuse me hun, but there is a difference between 2 and 3 feet! I suggest showing at 18" and if you do well and actually place (1-3) then go to 2' and move up but NEVER start so high, especially since you're just learning. It will be a waste of you're money.
    01-23-2010, 11:53 AM
I second gogirl47 that is HUGE for a horse AND rider who are just learning to jump. Either one of y'all could get hurt.. Start small, 18" is perfect! I don't think moving up because you can't get the smaller jumps right is very wise.. Perfect those and then when you could do them with your eyes closed, move on up!
    05-26-2010, 01:23 PM
I know this thread is old but I just came back to it today....

2-3 feet varying between the jumps. I have jumped that high before and I know I must sound stupid. I've been jumping my entire equestrian career its just right now I'm getting into the competition. My mare has handled those jumps millions of times with me on her back, and then another hundred with Toni or Meridith on her too. I will agree I am a beginner to the english saddle but not jumping completely. I'm just a totally clueless as far as ettiquette goes...I can handle the jumps, no problem. Working on my form. I'm not good but I'm good enough to handle that. My biggest issue is jumping before she does LOL.

I'm confident in my jumping abilities after lessons. Like I said, its the competition that I'm unfamiliar with. My trainer, Toni, has been keeping me in jumping shape for years....I'm just completely ignorant to the show world. And I mean all jumping shows. LOL
    05-31-2010, 11:38 PM
Green Broke
Ugh. I envy those of you who have the opportunity to show. I have never had the chance before. I just jump random things in my pasture. Lol. I wish I could actually have a trainer teach me to jump. Lol. I have never had ANY lessons in my life. Well besides from my sister. Lol. Your lucky.
    06-04-2010, 05:44 PM
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Let me clarify:

Intermediate at that cross course are like, 2-3 feet. The beginners are just scrawny logs and basic things like that. They're like for mini horses or something o.O This intermediate isn't as advanced as normal intermediate, if they makes any sense at all.

These courses are really wierd.
2-3 feet is for people who've been jumping for a while. I jump 2-3 feet and i've been riding 5 years., i'd just do begginners. You don't want to jump into 3 foot jumps without knowing how to do it properly.

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