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View Poll Results: Should I take Jarred to the Showjumping Day?
Yes. What have you got to lose 8 72.73%
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The experience would be good but maybe he hasnt had long enough to prepare 3 27.27%
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post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
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good or bad idea??

so as many of you know me and jarred have had our share of problems this year, to say the least but since the wonderful chiro came we have been doing really well. hes still a bit tense and still very green but all in all doing fantastically.

i was riding him the other day and he was pre empting me all the time and getting a bit rushy so i decided to run his over some trot poles to make him think more and settle down. he cantered up to them :roll: (we're working on that whole listening to me thing) steadily and then jumped them lol lucky there was only two i know he liked to jump before all our issues so at this point i decided to pop him over some of the other jumps. there were only 4 others set up at varying heights. 20cm, 30cm, 40cm & 45cm. these arent huge but possum and i have been working on jumping for a showjumping day on the 24th and seeing as we are only entering the beginners class cause shes just learning im keeping them all a steady height.

anyhoo, he jumped them all too easy. i guess he is a large horse and if he really wanted to he could probably just step over them lol but he jumped them all nicely and is so much more calmer and more focused when hes heading up to a jump. and thats all him because hes had no formal training ive just popped him over jumps here and there but before me he did nothing. he was bred for jumping and his parents were great jumpers so maybe thats going to be his strong point.

so im thinking, just for fun and experience, of taking jarred along to the showjumping day on the 24th. i wont be able to ride him for points as i can only compete on one horse, possum, but i can take him and ride for no points in a training capacity. he does fine with activity around him and i figure i can run him over a course in warm up and if he acts up or carries on i dont have to continue. i just thought it would be good to get him out there and even if he is just popping over beginner jumps its all experience. its been about a month now since the chiro came and he came back into work about 4 days after (slowly back in). although he is very keen i have noticed such a sensible horse when hes jumping and he truly seems to enjoy it.

im a little worried that its too soon but at the same time its not the olympics lol its a small showjumping day :) so, am i completely insane or not as insane as everyone else thinks i am lol

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 10:26 AM
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I think it would be a good experiance for him to be in that sort of enviroment, since thats where your working to get eventually. And if its not for points, thats even better because you have nothing to lose and if he does spook or anything, its just a learning experiance.

My trainer does this all the time. We just recently got a new school horse (okay like 8 months ago) and she has taken him to a few shows and ridden him in the warm up arenas and around the grounds. It was just to get him used to all the people, the announcer on the speakers, etc. He spooked once at the speaker, so my trainer took him back to our barn and set up our speaker system and worked with him for a few weeks until it doesn't bother him anymore.

We're expecting a new school horse again soon and he'll likely get the same training.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 10:34 AM
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I think you should. If he seems to be enjoying it, why not? :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 11:50 AM
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I say take him. I think that'd be a great thing for him & you to do. Just for the fun of it, it could be a good experience I agree.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by gotxhorses
I think you should. If he seems to be enjoying it, why not? :)
this is the main reasons i have to think twice: hes a 17hh warmblood, who is 8 years old. broken in at 6, left for 18 months until i buy him still incredibly green. we rode for about a month and he threw his back out and has been out of action for the majority of this year until a month ago. aaaand hes not what you could call the calmest of all warmbloods lol his height and my lack of height make riding him a tad daunting sometimes ;)

but im going to take him anyways. ive decided not to take possum anymore as im not happy with her weight. she has muscled up beautifully around her neck, legs, shoulders, belly and rump etc but with the extra work of late i have noticed she has lost a lot of weight along her topline where she hadnt built much muscle yet. ive decided to pull her out and work slowly only getting that topline up. so im going to pull back the amount of work she is getting and maybe up her hay AGAIN lol and during this time i will put a little more work into jarred and take him instead. even if it is for points there is no pressure. we have no points yet anyways so it doesnt matter :)

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-10-2008, 01:42 PM
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Good good, I hope you guys have fun! :)

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