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post #1 of 8 Old 07-03-2019, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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How high should I show

Ok so we’ve decided to do all schooling shows for our first season with the boys.

Chase I already have it decided to do 18 inch, he’s never been in a show before, plus new fillers I feel I’ll be a lot more confident doing smaller classes with him.

Bee is where I’m not sure. I’m feeling confident with him schooling 3 foot and over at home, but not in full courses. He has shown at this location for an entire successful season with no refusals. Right now I’m tempted to enter us into 2’3-2’6, which is what I had bad luck with last year. I feel like once I actually get to the show my nerves are going to running wild. I could enter us into 2 foot, so if something happens I can trot him into the jumps, and I’ll have higher confidence knowing he’s done it before. But if I enter into 2 foot it’ll be back to back with Chases classes, so if something happens then my confidence won’t be high when I go to show Chase, and I’ll be sweaty and tired with no break before I go back in.

If I do the higher class then I’ll have a longer break between the divisions, and I’ll be super proud of myself if I make it though without falling off, kind of redeeming myself from falling off at every show last year. However there are more fillers, and you aren’t allowed to trot into jumps, so if he refuses I’ll have to canter him back in. And if something goes wrong I’ll get super overwhelmed and stressed out like last year.

If this was your situation what would you do? Play it safe with the lower division, or enter the higher classes, which I KNOW I can do, but I tend to overthink things when I get to shows.

I don’t even know if any of this makes sense. Maybe. Maybe not.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-03-2019, 08:57 PM
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Why are you taking two horses? Its a pain showing two, especially if you dont have someone to groom for you.

Take one horse, the one you will be the most confident with, show in the division you are comfortable in. You already have nerves anand bad experiences. Why make things harder on yourself.

FWIW, its a schooling show, you can trot into whatever you want.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-03-2019, 10:03 PM
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For your first time out itís generally better to enter a class where the fences are at a lower level than youíre jumping at home.
Try not to over think everything because it will only make you more nervous.

Just winging it is not a plan
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-03-2019, 11:21 PM
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IF you have a problem, then just trot into the jump. IF. No one can MAKE you do anything. The whole point of a show, especially a schooling show, is to have fun and get out with your horse, focus on you and your horse first, and if it comes to something where it's that or the class first then forget about the class.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-04-2019, 01:20 PM
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If you're at the point where you're falling off at every show, take ONE horse and do the lowest class you can do well. If that's just walk-trot, so be it. If it's super-tiny fences, do those. Your show goal should be to do well, not 'keep from falling off'. NO WAY should you even be considering 3' + if you're falling off at shows more than once in a blue moon.... If 2' is the lowest class and you must jump, then take ONE horse, and take the horse that is the least likely to land you in the dirt.
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If you're at the point where you're falling off at every show, take ONE horse and do the lowest class you can do well. If that's just walk-trot, so be it. If it's super-tiny fences, do those. Your show goal should be to do well, not 'keep from falling off'. NO WAY should you even be considering 3' + if you're falling off at shows more than once in a blue moon.... If 2' is the lowest class and you must jump, then take ONE horse, and take the horse that is the least likely to land you in the dirt.
I’m not considering doing over 3 foot. I’m not even considering 2’9. The reason for falling off at all the shows was because I was showing the appy who did very dirty stops in front of the jumps. Both of my horses are honest to jumps and if I were to leave one horse behind, the one I take is most likely going to be more anxious and freaked out with out his friend there.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-04-2019, 07:33 PM
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Taking two horses and leaving one at the trailer or stalls will be worse than leaving one home... the horse you ride will be distracted and resistant and the one left behind will scream and paw. Just take one horse and show the lowest jump class. If you do well for a few shows, move up one level.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-04-2019, 08:04 PM
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I agree with others. I would always start a horse in walk trot/poles/crossrails if it's their first show. For their sake, not yours. You need to be fair to your animals.

I also sorta get the feeling that this is just something you will need to learn and figure out for yourself. People can tell you stuff about taking 1 horse instead of 2, enter the smaller classes, etc. but I get the feeling that you are more interested in trial and error learning. I could be totally off on that, but that's just the impression I am under at the moment.

Have you successfully won three 1st place ribbons in the 18' division? Then I would move up to 2', again win 3 blues, then 2'6" I would stay there until I won the 1st places AND pointed out of the division/made it to the finals show for that division. Then move up to 2'9, repeat, etc.

Just because you and your horse can jump 3' doesn't mean you should be doing that. Even if it can jump 2'9"... why be the worse rider in the 3' when you can be the best rider in 2'! That's how I see it anyway.
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