Originally Posted by MethowHorses25
Hey everyone! So I might try jumping
i've ridden western for most of my life and have only been in an english saddle once haha. So I know that before I start jumping i'm going to have to get really secure riding english. But, I would love to find out more about jumping just to make sure its really what I want to do before taking english lessons :) My step sister used to do jumping and she was really good at it but I don't remember that much. She could probably teach me some stuff but she's away at college. What do you guys reccomend for starting out in english?
Anyways, I need some info about english, jumping in particular. I know theres a TON of english barns in my area (Seattle) so does anyone have any ideas on how to go about choosing the best one? Also, what kind of tack and clothing do you need? My family owns a peruvian paso and two quarter horses and none of them jump... would I need to buy a horse who jumps or could I just use my instructor's horse or should I lease a horse? What's the difference between all the different kinds of shows? For my first english show i'd probably just do classes on the flat (thats what its called right?) and then i'd move up to jumping as I got more confident with this discipline. Do any of you western-switched-to-english riders out there have advice on what to expect? Thanks so much for any info!
does anyone have any ideas on how to go about choosing the best one?
See if any have websites or posters advertising and call them to see what they offer and how much they cost.
What kind of tack and clothing do you need?
You will need an english saddle (a close contact would be good since you plan on jumping) and bridle for your horse. You will need a jacket and tall boots for showing. Breeches are also needed for showing and you ride in them for schooling as well.
Would I need to buy a horse who jumps or could I just use my instructor's horse or should I lease a horse?
If you trained your horses they would be good for jumping depending on their skill levels, but for learning you should use your instructor's horse if you are supplied with one. It would be much easier for you to learn on a horse that knows its job than to have both of you learn at the same time.
What's the difference between all the different kinds of shows?
I'll let someone else answer this because there are A LOT of classes in jumping.
I ride both and let me tell you, jumping takes a long time to be skilled enough to actually do even the small stuff. It takes a lot of flat work to gain the balance and co-ordiantion neccessary to be able to stay with your horse without hurting him.