New to Jumping

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  • LKozar Original Poster
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    I am making a transition into jumping (jumpers not HJ) from riding mostly western. I need a shopping list! What are some of your favorite product for jumpers? Must haves?


    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    First of all, you need a horse who enjoys it (one of mine hates to jump, another likes it way too much). A well-fitted, to you and to your horse, saddle designed for riding over fences and a really good helmet are also necessary.

    However, it is perfectly possible to ride over fences bareback with just a halter and lead, so long as you are not aiming at the moon.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Lizzie Lou
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    Cavaletti that are height adjustable.. six to eight. My favorites are wooden with X bases on each end. Just poles on the ground can roll, and that can be dangerous. If horse isn’t used to cavaletti, start with one cavaletto. Good, leather girth with elastic on at least one side, bell boots, leg wraps, and of course I agree with Jo about a good helmet and saddle.

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    -English saddle & pad & girth
    -English bridle
    -open front jumping boots
    -bell boots, if needed

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    Hey id recommend a good quality jumping saddle and a plain or figure eight bridle and martingale if ur horse needs one. Also a shock absorbing half jumping more than 2ft as well as open front boots, back boots and bell boots. Plus a good helmet such as a charles owen or a samshield. Plus some good jumps and cavalettis. Hope this helps!

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    I also made that transition and the comments above are great advice but made my own jumps that adjustable and can be knocked down easily. If you aren’t very crafty just ask your local hardware store or buy one. I would suggest if you are jumping 2ft or less (excluding quarters and some smaller boned arabs) that all you would need is a close contact saddle or all purpose saddle and saddle pad and depending on the horses fit a half pad, and a bridle. For a girth I found girths with cotton or fleece stay on better without rubbing or slipping. If your horse likes to over extend I would recommend boots for the front legs (When switching horses will extend to meet the strides they need to clear a jump while other english horses may either extend or collect) I use polo wraps to keep my horses tendons protected a little bit more and they are inexpensive for a good pair. Obviously I would wear english gear (trust me jumping in western boots gets your boot stuck on the stirrup and is very uncomfortable and if you try it, most likely you will see what I mean) At least the breeches and some sort of boots I would get (unless you plan to show get the whole attire) Finally if you are jumping more more than that (or if you are jumping more than 1&1/2 for small breeds like quarters and pony breeds) I would definelty wear some sort of protection on the front feet and shoes (I am always barefoot unless Im going to congress or on my jumper) and a breast collar and all of the above. Yo dont need super fancy stuff just moderate. (again unless you are showing big time I would not worry how nice looking your tack is just durable. Hope you have a great time with the new skill!! Sorry for the long read. ps I could jump pretty well but I took 3 lessons and really helped (they were only an hour long) I would HIGHLY recommend this so you dont practice wrong cause jumping is muscle memory.

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    I just seen this was from Jan. sry came up in my recent feed lol hope you have had fun with this skill by now!!!!

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    Since you most likely haven’t been jumping for too long, you may end up not liking it. I’d suggest taking a few lessons on schoolmasters. This will help you learn what a perfect/good jump feels like. Also, a trainer will help you with your seat, eq and two point. Once you know that your in love with jumping, look for a cheaper used english saddle. It takes a while to find, but both of my saddles are amazing and I got them for $100. In addition, your trainer or someone experienced in jumping should work with your horse on jumping. Calveletties are always a great place to start. I recommend lunging a jump first, but do what you feel comfortable with. I hope this helps!

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