Originally Posted by Oxer
what I did with my boy...
I free jumped him to get a base idea of raw talent. That same day I decided to keep him on trial with me for 30 days. We hacked 5 days and jumped 2 days a week. I started him around 2'6"-2'9" to get his fitness up and to get him thinking about what jumping was all about. After that initial 30 days, I bought him.
About 3 months of solid flat work / balanced jumping, I moved him up to a more consistent 3ft range... however, now my trainer schools him 2 days a week, I jump him in a lesson on saturdays, and I hack/lunge/ground work him the other 3 days.
Now that he's been with me about 5 months, we are jumping 3'3"-3'6" about twice a month.
Are you currently working with a trainer?
No, I haven't had a trainer since March, but I take a lesson once in a while.. I took one in June and one in October. The latest one (oct) the trainer didn't see too much wrong with me, except my hands dropping at the canter. But I don't pick up too many bad habits, I guess. XP I've been riding all my life, and know what I'm doing when jumping. Anyone who knows me knows I wont do ANYTHING I think may be harmful to my horse or if I'm not sure how to go about something. I just don't want to throw her at a height that she's not ready for.
I was thinking a course with a 2'6" jump in it, mostly 2'9" and then add two 3' jumps and just gradually add in more 3' until the singles turn into lines then a full course.