With the show season well under way I've gotten a chance to really watch a lot of kids from other barns ride and lately been more then a little suprised by the way some people do things. (I shouldn't be as I've been in the business a while but still) This weekend I saw a trainer who was working with a very small child (maybe 6?) who could barely post and steer. And before I knew it, she set up crossbars for her to start jumping! Thankfully she was on an ancient school horse worth his weight in gold who packed her around... but really? Jumping?
At our barn, you stay in private lessons until you can post and steer. You begin cantering when you can do a full lap of a solid posting trot without stirrups. And you start jumping when you can canter and steer without stirrups.
We tend to err on the side of conservative. So I'm just wondering, how does your barn work? At what point is a person ready to move up or start jumping?