Proper Attire & Equipment for Olympic Equestrian Jumping

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Equestrian expert Pie Lafferty discusses the proper attire and proper equipment for Olympic Horse Show Jumping.

    Pie Lafferty: Hi! I am Pie Lafferty and this is Leo. We're here to do a Show Jumping demonstration and we would like to start with proper attire and proper equipment. I think the first thing that's the most important is the safety helmet. In the past hundred years or so, these helmets were considered safe. Today, with space age technology and the difficulty of Show Jumping, we've moved as a group to this more proper helmet, safer helmet. I would like to show you that we use riding boots that will give you a better grip, a better secured feel against your saddle and your horse and at the same time I should point out that I am wearing a spur, which is an artificial aid. It is not mandatory in any Show Jumping competition. This is up to you and what your horse needs. It accents your leg aid and also so does this clop, which is the same thing. I believe you should always carry a stick, because if you need it, you will have it.

    I wear gloves so that my grip on my reins is secure. If my horse perspires or my hands are perspiring or it's raining, I have a secured feel on my reins. At the same time, these are also rubber reins with little stops on them, leather stops that again allow you a better purchase on the rein. So, that will keep your hand from sliding. This coat is used in all competitions. It doesn't need to be blue, it could be green. But it needs to be subtle color. That is the proper attire for a Grand Prix class a working 100 Classic, all of your 100 divisions. A formal attire in the Olympics, World Cup, Grand Prix, working the 100 Classics sector (ph) is white pants, white shirt, blue coat, black coat and of course your safety helmet. This horse is wearing boots to protect his legs. He has open face front boots on. They protect his deep flexor and superficial flexor tendon. So if he jumps it were to come up and clip the back of his leg, he'll be safe. He's also wearing back ankle boots, which keeps him from tracking to the inside and hitting his ankle by mistake and injuring his fetlock joint. So, he's protected in that manner, and this is a jumper saddle that is common style and form to be used in stadium jumping. I'd like to point out to you that it has a second leather pad underneath of it that keeps the saddle up and off the wither so to prevent any kind of sore or abrasion on the horse's back and at the same time, this square pad is legal for jumper competition and this is the girth that connects on both sides of the horse. Its leather and its form-fitted for him for comfort, if you see that it's not a straight line, it's actually form-fitted to his under-belly. This is an elastic stop so that as you can see, I can tighten the girth with ease.

    In sense, we're just standing here, I am going to let this back down again, so he's more comfortable. I would like to point out to you that we use a different pad in the hunter world. This is a form-fitting pad to the saddle, so it fits exactly as the saddle is made. That is necessary and mandatory for hunter and equitation join. Then, the Bridle has a snaffle bit. I will see if I can pull that out a little bit for you so you can see it. It's a very mild bit, works on the corners of his mouth. That's where the pressure is. It's like right here. He has a nose band with a flash nose band attached which helps the bit sit in his mouth correctly and also keeps his mouth from getting open if he's trying to resist any pressure that you're exerting. I would like to point at what a martingale is to you.

    This is a running martingale, which keeps the horse's head from becoming too high and it works more off of your hand, so it should be used more by an experienced rider, and this horse is wearing this little hat that keeps the bugs from distracting him. Keeps them from coming into his ears and keeps him more attentive to my aids and my instruction. In our next clip, we are going to walk the course.