Creative Jumps! Lunging over jumps! And other questions!
I'm just lunging my pony over one jump right now because we're just starting out and I have a feeling that he's getting bored with our same old same old jumps. (PVC poles and tires or square bales as standards., sometimes I put saddle blankets on them so they look scarier. :P)
So I want to throw something exciting at him.. Improvise a little bit..
I have an old gymnastics mat that's about 2 feet in height when folded up. It's colorful, about 1 foot 'deep', and 5 feet wide. Could I jump him over that? It'd definitely spice things up a bit! And I'd think it'd be safe because it's cushy... But I don't know.. Would you do it?
Second thing; am I moving too fast with him? I've been lunging him over 1 jump for a over a month now. I've moved it up every time I felt he was ready to jump higher. Right now I've got him jumping him over a square bale's height (2 ish feet I'm guessing?)..
I'm not looking to ever compete with him.. It's just something new/fun to do rather than our usual western pleasure workouts and stuff. Plus it's always good to have a really really versatile horse!
What are some other drills I could do with him (jumping) before I decide to hop on and jump him undersaddle? What are some things I should look for in him (calmness, technique, whatever?) before I decide to ride him over a jump?
(if anyone is wondering, I do ride English occasionally, I have had lessons in English riding, and I have jumped before with an instructor, but not much at all. I'm mainly a Western rider.)
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it's the voice at the end of the day that says "I'll try again tomorrow"...