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Today a bunch of barn friends set up some "fun" jumps to play around with. We had a 5 jump course all of 1 foot or less jumps. I think 1 may have been 1.5 cross rails. Cinny loved it so much and he really paid attention today once we started over the fences. During warm up he became anxious, grinding his teeth and didn't want to work, but after 2 fences his work ethic came back and he began going through his back and carrying himself well. WE succeeded in the full 5 rail course several times. Not once did he refuse ANYTHING, even when I wasn't exactly the best in the saddle.

So now I am thinking of adding in some low jumps to our workout at least once a week. He seems to like them so much and he rides so much better with them. Is there any special boots or equipment I should use as we work more with them? I currently have SMB II's that I put on the fore. He also does okay with polo wraps. Is this enough, or should we get something else, especially if we decide to move up to higher fences? I just want to make sure Cinny is safe. He hasn't even nicked a rail yet, but you never know.
 

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I would use brushing boots.. polo wraps aren't ideal to use whilst jumping. Brushing boots aren't really made for jumping either but it should be fine with small crossrails..
 

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If you move up to bigger fences, please work with a trainer.

As far as boots? Open front is best, you *want* him to feel if he rubs a rail with his front legs. SMBs/closed front of course protect the entire leg and since hitting a rail doesn't hurt, horses can be encouraged to become sloppy.
 

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If you move up to bigger fences, please work with a trainer.
Don't worry, I wouldn't go there without a great trainer. I haven't been over a fence since 1993 and I am horrible, Cinny is not experienced. We both would be in trouble if we tried to do more without a trainer.

For now a friend at my barn who travels to different states to compete cross country is giving me some guidance as to what I can do to keep his confidence up and for us to find our "rhythm" together and be balanced. She has a few junior students that she is in the process of training who do well so I think I'll take the free advice. We are currently just using the low stuff to help with our balance and team work. But we both liked it so much, it may become the new direction I have been looking for.
 

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Ima huge believer in using small jupms / poles even with young / nervous horses to get them concentrating. To clarify poles for the really young ones only but even at 4 they can step over a pole propped on a tire.

Makes them think about what they're doing.
 

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Thank you everybody for the suggestions. I think I'm going to just keep them at 1 foot or less for a while unless I decide to go for hunter/jumper and get a trainer. What are your opinions on bell boots? Should I get bell boots? What kind of bell boots? I already know that that Pro Choice ballistic boots do NOT fit him at all, do the plain old school rubber protect enough when he taps a rail? I just want to make sure I do what I can to keep him sound. He has never taken a lame step in his life and I would like to keep him that way.
 

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If your horse doesn't over reach you shouldn't need bell boots at this level. I'd use whatever boots you have, just brushing boots. Not polo wraps though.

Things I like for jumping and flat work is setting up two or three jumps or poles at set distances. You can practice adding and subtracting strides for the distance, so riding normally, collecting or extending. Or using a small jump or pole as the centre of a figure eight, at a canter it can be used to as your lead change too.
 

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If your horse doesn't over reach you shouldn't need bell boots at this level. I'd use whatever boots you have, just brushing boots. Not polo wraps though.

Things I like for jumping and flat work is setting up two or three jumps or poles at set distances. You can practice adding and subtracting strides for the distance, so riding normally, collecting or extending. Or using a small jump or pole as the centre of a figure eight, at a canter it can be used to as your lead change too.
That's one thing I want to accomplish for 2014...flying lead changes. So far we have a fairly nice simple change for the most part. Sometimes he gets excited and rushes it. I've asked for a flying change with mixed results. 75% of the time he will change the fore but not the hind. 20% of the time he won't do anything and 5% he will slow and do a simple. I'm hoping that adding an obstacle will help and I have a trainer helping me to learn WHEN to ask to ensure I am asking at the correct point in his stride.
 

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Definitely no polos for jumping. They can come unwound and cause a heck of a mess. Your average brushing or splint boot is good for everyday schooling.

That's great you are working jumping into your training. I wish they would put a jump in the dressage warmup arena since it always puts an extra oomph in your horse's step.

I think it is Lendon Gray who is actually doing dressage/jumping tests with her local shows. You ride your dressage test, but with jumps in the way. I think I saw it in Dressage Today or Practical Horseman. Might be able to google it. I think some of the tests are online. They are pretty fun to ride.
 

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Definitely no polos for jumping. They can come unwound and cause a heck of a mess. Your average brushing or splint boot is good for everyday schooling.

That's great you are working jumping into your training. I wish they would put a jump in the dressage warmup arena since it always puts an extra oomph in your horse's step.

I think it is Lendon Gray who is actually doing dressage/jumping tests with her local shows. You ride your dressage test, but with jumps in the way. I think I saw it in Dressage Today or Practical Horseman. Might be able to google it. I think some of the tests are online. They are pretty fun to ride.
It's Prix Caprilli and it's making a comeback. The classes were very popular 20 years ago.
Isn't Lendon also doing the "Dressage Trail" classes?

In any case, cross training is a great tool for any horse!! And BNTs and dressage riders know this - the horses are hacked, jumped and allowed to develop a whole range of muscles! As a bonus it keeps their minds fresh :)
 

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The first big show of the year hear is the Shaggy Horse Dressage Show and they ALWAYS have Prix Caprilli because it's put on by the local Pony Club and there is nothing our little pony clubbers love to do more than jump, jump and jump some more. They also include musical freestyle and Pas De Deux as well.

I might do the Prix Caprilli this year, it always looks like so much fun.
 
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