Training to Jump?
I posted this in the jumping section, but go no replies, so I'll have a go at it here...
Okay, so I ride a really athletic arab sport horse for this lady. (In my avatar, actually lol) Right now I show him in sport horse in hand, and HUS. I have shown him in dressage before, and we frequently do "dressage" just for practice at home (Note: we don't do "dressage" in a dressage saddle or with letters or anything, I just call it dressage because we do a lot of dressage-like circles, leg yields, ect...).
His owner brought up possible having me show him in hunter (over jumps) next year at sport horse nationals. I have ZERO jumping experience, but I've always wanted to do it, just for something new. I'm planning on starting my lessons as soon as possible. In my opinion he would make an AMAZING hunter! He has gorgeous movement (since hunter is all about "pretty" lol)
Now- my question is: how much does it take to train a jumper? I've heard people say that jumping is just dressage with speed bumps (lol). I know the horse has jumping ability (and he loves it!). Is it unreasonable to think that I could learn jumping & prepare him for hunter in a less than a year? (Nationals is in september, but we'll have to qualify).
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