Tips for restarting jumping after a break?
Hey all! :]
I was wandering if there was any tips anybody here has for restarting to jump after a short-ish break? (I haven't jumped my pony in about four months)
Around mid-May my pony got laminitis after more than one escape out of the field fencing, and we started riding again about four weeks ago, but then her muscles suddenly got lost, particularly in her back legs, and I didn't ride for two weeks but led her around to try and gain some more muscle (this was by recommendation by the equine physiotherapist that many people at the livery use.)
I did see a visible improvement in the area where she was particularly worst for muscle, and so just started riding again about a week ago.
Anyway, back to my actual point! Of course, I'm not considering starting jumping again yet, only doing trotting poles and such. However, I'd like to know what tips people can offer for when I do actually start again.
1 - Should I just have her jump single small jumps or more than one very low? Because she used to have a bit of a problem with refusing, my instructor used to say to always try and jump small courses, but which would be better for the situation now?
2 - How much progression should be make in each jumping session (which would be a week apart from each other) in terms of height and amount of time?
Any help and tips are very much appreciated.