I'm an amature show jumper located in western Canada, with the goal of going professional and competing internationally one day. I have an MSc in Equine Science and run a business in equine nutrition, exercise physiology, rehabilitation, and biomechanics.
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How do you get a super bouncy trot to be nice and smooth?
Are you bouncing at the trot or is the horse's trot too bouncy? If you are bouncing that is just timing, core strength and practice. If uts the horse then some horses have a short bouncy trot naturally and you just have to learn to ride it and gain strength and balance to handle it. Some horses bounce when they go slowly so lengthening the trot (making your horse go a bit faster but not too fast) can help smooth it out.
How soon after my mare foals should I start competing again?
Unless she has a difficult birth you can start working her back in shape when the foal is a few months old. Just light lunging and walk trot work because the foal will still be with her. Once you wean at 6 months you can really put her back into work and get her conditioned back to show shape before you compete again. This can take about 12 weeks to do properly.
I always have trouble picking up my right lead. I am stronger at asking for the left lead so I always pick up the left lead while asking for the right lead. Do you have any tips?
I would suggest you working out, especially working on your core stability since you need that to stabilize you in the saddle and angle your seat tge right way to properly ask for the right lead.
Where is a good place to find a horse that is western but has jump too?
I don't know where but for breeds I've actually had some quarter horses in the past with a good jump on them. Or try and appendix (quarter horse/thoroughbred cross). I've seen lots of other breeds do both english and western too. Good luck!
I have a horse with a low palate, I had him in a snaffle but as soon as I have started jumping he is pulling a lot, What type of bit would be recommended for him?
Lozenge/double jointed type snaffle, or could try spmething like a myler. If he isn't strong you could always go with a happy mouth bit or even a leather bit! Its trial and error to find something he likes, good luck!
How much can showing cost, like from walk trot to A level jumping?
Walk trot can often be under $100 if they are only a one day show. A-level can run hundreds to even thousands depending on how high and how many days a show is. It also varies a lot by where you are showing. A good medium level show could cost $600 for a weekend. Look at show websites and prize books for prices.