Okay. :) Thanks, I didn't even think about books at all. :S
I'm actually trying to train eight horses, and they're all of different ages and experience levels, from yearling to seventeen-year-old broodmare. But my main focus is on Maple, because she has the most room to improve and has so much to correct. We do have two very green horses, but I think they'll be a little easier to teach because they don't have any previous experience and have never seen jumps ar anything before, so they don't know what they are. Maple may have seen them, and might have an issue or a fear; I really won't know until I show them to her. Maple is six and our green horses are both three.
My goal is to teach my horses to jump small jumps and to have better coordination with their feet. Being Missouri Foxtrotters, they're naturally sure-footed and attentive to their surroundings, but I'm sure that with a little training and practice, they'll be perfect. We do a LOT of riding through the bush, so there's obviously a lot of logs and sticks and whatnot to trip them up. I'm not a bigshot trainer, and I'm not working with other people's horses, just mine. (I hope to get there someday, though.
I've done some research, and am building some cavaletti poles to help them. I was thinking about making a little course out in my trails with the painted poles integrated at different heights. Should I do this, or just keep logs in the bush and jumps in the ring? I'm kind of torn because I think that if they get too used to the colours being out in the bush, and they get too used to the colours, they might not jump logs, which obviously look very different.
I guess I'll find out when I get there. :)