Prep for show: introducing "scary" jumps.... How?

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    04-29-2010, 12:37 PM
Prep for show: introducing "scary" jumps.... How?

Just looking for some different ideas on how to prepare my horse for his first show in June. We're going to try him in a Jumper schooling show - starting at 2'. I'm expecting there to be a few different things there - I.e. A liverpool, maybe even a little dry ditch.... He's also never jumped a coup before....

So I've scrounged up some items to work with but wondering if anyone has some good tips for introducing them and building up confidence going over new things....

Things I bought - plastic blue table cloth and rubber duckies (that's going to be one of the jumps at this show), bristol board in bright pink and neon yellow - I figure I can start out with these on the wings and then staple them to a gate and then maybe even lie them flat beneath once he's jumping stuff like the liverpool. Then I've got a couple of blue water barrels that we can use that are about 2' tall on their side.

Any thoughts?
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    04-29-2010, 06:53 PM
There always seem to be flowers under all the jumps. Maybe some of those plastic flowers?
    04-30-2010, 01:06 PM
If there is a wall that he'll have to jump, get him prepared by taking light cardboard boxes and placing them as a jump. Just so he can get used to jumping over something that looks solid.

Then any really bright stuff to stick on some of the jumps. Otherwise I think that's all I can think of right now.

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