I've been doing a lot of working on the flat with a western barn over the past six months. For a few months prior to that I did flatwork at an English barn. I haven't jumped since high school and I still find myself rusty in the saddle (though I have improved very quickly). I ride English during my leisure riding time. I'm starting up in English again officially in the hopes of showing again.
One of the things I worry about is being permanently stuck on flatwork. I'd love to show on the flat and get more showing experience but I really want to start jumping again. I don't think I've been doing my best in terms of lessons because I wanted to do more stirrup-free work and lunge lessons but that's now how my barn operates. I do stirrup-free posting, cantering and trotting on my own in both English and western.
Does anyone have any tips for jumping again after being out of practice for years? After switching back to English lessons do you think the instructor would have me, someone who is balanced and in a fair amount of control at all gaits except for gallop, spend a year taking lessons doing flatwork before allowing me to start jumping? I've heard that some barns won't let people start for 2-3 years...
And as for the jumping itself, what would you recommend improving on before starting that?
I should say that I haven't gone completely without jumping. During one of my hacks I did a mini corse with 1'6" high jumps. It wasn't much and it didn't challenge me, so I don't really count it as jumping.