What should I pack for a horse show?
Make sure you have your basic necessities, brushes and tack, pack an extra halter and leadrope just in case. Have your boots, show clothes, helmet, and whatever show necessities you need. Bring leather cleaner to go over your boots with. Depending on the weather, bring a cooler to keep your horses muscles warm. Bring a bucket so you can keep your horse hydrated.
What should i do if my horse bucks?
My equitation horse is an insane bucker (it's just him, he has no problems what so ever as we have had everything checked) and it took me a while to learn to ride him and not allow him to buck during our rides. I would advise you check out your horse to see if it has any pain anywhere which may be causing it to buck, and see how your saddle fits. You have to learn to sit back, put weight in your heels, putting leg on and lifting your hands when your horse does so. Pushing them forward will make it harder for them to drop their head and buck. When they buck, make them work harder. Learn what your horse dislikes, back them up around the whole ring, do small circles and force them to do work, then they will learn when they buck they will be forced to work.
How can I get my horse to stop spooking at fillers?
Make circles around them with your horse, allow them to see it at all different angles. You can do this on the ground or on their back. Don't stop them directly in front of the jump, that may be teaching them it's okay to stop and look at things underneath jumps. Maybe lunge or free jump them over them. while your on add leg, sit up, and look ahead.
Any tips for improving my position when jumping?
About a stride out, allow your hands to just relax, by then you can't do anything and it's the horses job to do the work there. This will help your release over fences which will also help your overall position. Sit up and do not drop your shoulders into your position and lean on the horse, the horse should be jumping up to you, your body will naturally come forward into the proper position. Your hips should take in most of the action, and allow yourself to stay down until the horse lands as you do not want to come up to early and pull on them. As for your leg, keep your calf tight against the horse, and put your weight into your heels. Do not pinch with your knees as this causes your lower leg to swing. Allow your body to follow the horses movement, it usually comes naturally, don't force yourself into a jump position too early.