Now that you’ve read Show-Jumping Competition Ready Part 1 – The Rider, it is time to get your horse looking the part too! Did you know show-jumping is one of the highest risk competitions to take part in? That’s why it’s important to ensure your horse is kitted out with all the necessities. Stay safe, look your best, perform well and bring home those rosette’s!
When it comes to choosing a bridle perfect for show-jumping, it really is personal preference and what you find works best for you and your horse! Many show-jumping competitors opt for a simple style bridle that offers comfortable and little, to no, poll pressuring elements. It is also common for competitors to use a flash for their horse; to keep control and stop their horse trying to retain control of the bit. However, not all horse’s need a flash, so find what works best for your horse when jumping.
The Horseware® Rambo® Micklem® Diamante Competition Bridle (£149.95) is a show quality anatomical bridle. It has been designed to comfortably fit the shape of the horse’s skull, to avoid pressure on sensitive areas. Also been approved by the FEI for all disciplines. It features soft padding on the headpiece, browband, noseband and cheek pieces to ensure maximum comfort for the horse and offers silver coloured metal fittings. Comes with tongue protection bit clips and 2 sets of bit straps.
Again, choosing a bit for your show-jumping competition is all down to your horse and what works best. Ensure your chosen bit is correctly fitted and causing no pain or aggravation for your horse. The British Showjumping Association states, “Gag’s are permitted. [And] only Pelhams/Kimblewicks and Weymouths may use a correctly fitted curb chain. Metal chains are not permitted on any other type of bit.”
*Read our blog – ‘Which Bit For My Horse | Naylors Guide’ to find the best suited bit for your horse, Here!
Choose reins that provide the ultimate grip and hand-comfort for show-jumping. Keeping control or your horse when jumping will not only improve your performance, but also your improve your’s and your horse’s safety.
The Collegiate Flexi Grip Reins (£29.99) are made from the finest quality European Leather and is fitted with stainless steel fittings giving you optimum quality and durability. The Flexi Grip reins also feature a hook and stud billet attachment for extra durability and security whilst offers superb grip and are extremely flexible.
Breastplates and Martingales
Breastplates and martingales are highly common for show-jumping competitors. Designed to provide control of the horse’s head height and to ensure your horse doesn’t throw their head up. The only martingales permitted are standing and running styles. Breastplates are used to help hold the saddle in place and prevent it from sliding back or forward when jumping.
The Kincade Breastplate (£71.99) is made from quality leather and features durable fastenings. The Leather Breastplate features elastic inserts and a removable martingale attachment. The 5 Point Breastplate attaches to the the D-rings, the girth straps and the girth.
Conventional show-jumping saddles are designed to offer height and lift for when it the jumping position, but also offering close-contact elements to keep your balanced and secure in the seat. With wide and short saddle flaps, it encourages support and knee comfort when jumping.
Ideal for jumping, the Whitaker Overton Jump Saddle (£845) is not only comfortable but practical and low maintenance to keep!
The Overton Jump Saddle has been specially designed for jumping activities due to the forward cut design and the large staggered padded knee rolls which helps to keep your leg in position – ensuring you stay comfortable and stable at all times!
When jumping, your horse experience feel more pressure on their back from jumping and their rider. Therefore, choosing a saddle pad/numnah that provides comfort, support and moisture control is important.
Ensure your horse looks stylish whilst feeling comfortable with the LeMieux Carbon Mesh Close Contact Square Saddle Pad (£47.95) from their Carbon Mesh Air Range.The Carbon Mesh Saddle Pad features a unique blast foam core created by a process of hot air being forced through the memory foam to create an extraordinary breathable yet supportive, comfortable and lightweight perforated material.
When jumping, your saddle is more at risk of slipping and sliding around. This could then cause discomfort and/or pain for your horse. Using a gel pad underneath your saddle and above your saddle pad can reduce the risk of the saddle moving. They are also designed to provide that extra comfort and shock absorption.
Featuring a flexible, shaped non-slip gel pad, the Shires Fleece Lined Gel Pad (£48.99) helps aid with shock absorption to provide ultimate comfort when under saddle. The Gel Pad features small perforations to allow for airflow whilst combined with the fleece lining allows for moisture control and reduces the risk of rubbing.
The best type of girth for any jumping activity/discipline is a stud girth. They are specially designed to prevent your horse from catching their stomach with their hooves whilst jumping. Many are also designed to minimise chaffing and sores.
The Shires Anti-Chafe Stud Guard Girth (£44.99) offers a textured surface which is designed to reduce excessive sweat build up and stop chafing.
The Shires Anti-Chafe Stud Guard Girth is ergonomically shaped with elastic inserts to ensure the girth is the best possible fit whilst remaining comfortable for your horse.
As horse owners, our horse’s legs are always something we strive to protect! But with jumping, can come risks of injuries, strains, scrapes and scratches. Therefore, it is favoured to show-jump casually or competitively with boots on our horses. From over-reach boots to hock boots, to tendon and fetlock boots; there are many styles to choose from. The most commonly worn boots for jumping are open-front tendon and fetlock.
*To find out the purposes and benefits of the different styles of boots, read our blog ‘Horse Boots 101 – Which Boots Are Best For My Horse?’ Here.
The Arma Tendon Boots (£21.99) offer a protective boot with open straps helping your horse to feel there way.The Arma Tendon Boots feature a flexible, impact resistant hard outer shell which deflects blows on contact. The dense, perforated neoprene lining offers breathable, shock absorbing protection to tendons.
Fly veils are fantastic for show-jumping competitions. They are designed to not only keep away bugs and flies (perfect for those outdoor competitions), but many also provide noise muffling. This can help keep your horse calm and concentrated, minimising them being spooked or distracted!
The LeMieux Classic Fly Hood (£25.95) is perfect for competitors and leisure riders alike. Designed with a 3 way crochet and braided design, the Fly Hood is complimented with a super soft, lycra ear cover giving your horse as much comfort as possible.
If you’re an avid jumper, you’ll know the importance of having high-grip stirrup’s when show-jumping! There is a risk of your feet slipping and sliding in your stirrups.
Increase your grip and stability whilst in the saddle with the Flex-On Adults Green Composite Inclined Extra Grip Stirrup (£174.95). With intensive research, Flex-on has developed a cutting edge stirrup to increase your performance whether out and about at a competition or having fun at home. The Green Composite Stirrup focuses on the shock absorption of the foot whilst in the saddle with the internal steel frame for reinforcement whilst the elastomer springs under the foot perform the stabilising feature Flex-on is known for.
For more information of the rules and regulations of show-jumping equipment for both horse & rider, read the British Showjumping’s Handbook Here.
Are you show-jumping competition ready this year? We hope this show-jumping checklist has helped you get your horse prepped for bringing home those rosette’s this year! Do you have any of your own jumping necessities? Let us know what they are in the comments below!