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Creating a spring hunter training program

Hi everyone!
So my horse has been out of work for about a month now, and it'll definitely be at least a month and a half to two months off by the time she gets back into work. It's just that the weather has not allowed us to ride comfortably lately (and with ice and snow on the ground, I would rather not take the risk on my youngin').

Anyway, we were riding about 3-5 days a week for the weeks fairly consistently (minus a week here and there off because of bad weather) leading up to this bad break, and now we have hopes of showing in the spring. We have never shown before, so we are starting small. We just want to do basic county and schooling classes, particularly in hunter under saddle (maybe some hunt seat eq here and there, but HUS is the current focus).

We just rehired my old trainer and decided we are switching from dressage to HUS so I'm pretty excited. But I don't want to bring my horse back into work too quickly or stresss her out in any way. I want a training program to help her feel comfortable but still have the endurance to handle a long schooling session, especially considering upcoming show season. Also, I want to be efficient in training her because the show season starts next month (although I probably won't actually be out there till maybe late spring, OR summer based on our current situation).

IF someone could please offer advice on how to formulate a training program keeping our goals in mind, it would be much appreciated! I have never shown before so this is a totally new experience for me.

THank you!
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