I've had my horse zeppo for 2 years now, he's a thoroughbred - off the track. Needless to say he's a bit high strung.
I've tried to turn him into a hunter the past few years I've had him, and it really isn't working. His stride is too uphill to be hunter and he's to showy and forward. I know for sure I'd like to try him in jumpers this year, but I'm not sure where to start, considering the only thing I've ever ridden is hunters.
There is a lot of ground work and manners we still need to master before seriously competing; but I would like to see where we go in a class like hopeful jumpers, so nothing over 2'6''. Zeppo is seriously FAST, and can get a little out of control sometimes, which is my only apprehension towards jumpers.
So, the questions is: How can I prepare Zeppo to be jumper? What kind of things do I need to focus on to make him the best, most controllable jumper I can? And also, what kind of riding geer do I need that is different from the hunter ring?