Basically, currently I'm riding an AWESOME appy pony, who is a spectacular jumper/show pony.
Right now we're schooling to 2'6, and coming up this month I'm taking her to the first show of the season, hoping to compete 2 feet, 2'3 and 2'6 (I know you're supposed to show lower than you school, but it's a smaller show where the judges give you lots of amazing feedback, and we're paying for the day so why not?)
The thing is, I'm not EXTREMELY confident over the jumps. She's competed to 3'6, but I know my position could use a lot of work, and I want to work on it as much as possible this month.
So how often a week is 'ok' for jumping? We ride either in a sand arena or on grass (the ground isn't hard AT ALL). She's barefoot right now, getting shoes this week (probably just front... should we get the backs done?)...
I know lots of people say you shouldn't jump them often, because it hurts their joints, but then there are people who say it doesn't matter, and amazing hunter jumper barns that have their horses jumping five days out of seven, so what are your experiences? Is it actually going to hurt her?
And please actually support your answer (:
What if I was to take her over smaller jumps throughout the week to get us both "perfected"?