How to prepare for bigger competitions
My gelding and I are only showing up to 3ft6, that's the max height at our local shows. With my coach we have schooling up to 4ft, but have done one 4ft3 and one 4ft6 jump. My gelding and I recently just did a 4ft3 jump at home and he did great. He has the potential to probably show up to 4ft9 with more work.
He isnt afraid of much, his first show of this season, he was a bit worried about some of the colors of the jumps but did jump them without a fuss.
But I know there is going to be a jump at a bigger competition, (spruce meadows, thunderbird, southlands etc...) that he will NOT like. How do I prepare him and myself for jumps/events like this? I have lessons about 3 times a month, and I ride almost everyday at home.
Recently, my gelding and I have been placing very well at some schooling shows, he's new to showing as well, we have places 1st in 2ft9, 3ft3, and 3ft6 and he got his first 3rd in 2ft9. I am proud of how well we did! All I'd like to know is how to prepare him for these bigger classes and more interesting looking jumps.