So I've finally started to make some progress on my jumping with the help of a fantastic instructor. I'm financially challenged, so I can only do one lesson a month. She gives me plenty of homework to do between lessons, but I feel like I have some overall strength holes that I want to work on. For example, today I attempted to trot around in half seat without reins. I quickly realized I am not strong enough to hold the position for more than a few strides at a time. Luckily my horse is a saint and was content to trot around while I worked on it. It was easier at canter, but I feel like I should be stronger all the way around. I'd love to just borrow a younger body that could build more muscle mass more quickly, but that ain't going to happen.
If you were to devise a checklist of what a rider should be able to do to be considered "good to go for jumping", what would it be? I really want to get up to BN this year, and want all the correct foundation in place.
Be able to W/T/C without stirrups.
Same without reins.
Jump without stirrups. (small stuff in my case)
Someone suggested being able to stand straight up at all 3 gaits, but I'm thinking that one's about balance which is already my strong point.
Thoughts? It's funny. Part of me thinks I have 4 whole months to work on it, and the other part of me panics that I only have 4 months to work on it.