Jumps for training, muscle improvement?
Has anyone used small jumps as a training and muscle development tool on non-jumping horses?
I'm considering building a few small jumps to work Loki and Red over. It seems MUCH better than the ever endless lunge circles, plus it also seems a great way to work on vocal cues and body language to move and communicate with the horse.
Not to mention the desentizing opportunities. Stepping over a jump with flags on the side, or sparkly stuff like tinsel. Loki I definitely want to get back on the trails with, same with Red if I end up not selling him.
Getting used to flapping/flashing/weird things will probably prove to be especially helpful in the ring.
Has anyone done this? Thoughts? I'm also going to be working Loki up and down the hills on the 5 acres I rent just as soon as I can walk again. Approaching the small pond should be a riot. 'It's a scary duck! And theres a frog! MUD! Oh god! Water! I-will-MELT'
Wait! I'll fix it....