Well, I can't believe I'm doing this....but I think I'm gonna 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.