Groundwork for jumping?
I've got a month coming up soon where I won't be able to ride much at all. I still have to pay for my lessons, but I can convert them to training sessions instead.
I'd like to have Pony trained to go over small jumps. What I'm wondering is what I can do now to help him get to where he's ready for that training. When I say "groundwork" I don't necessarily mean, you know, "ground work," I'm just wondering what I need to do to get him ready. Here are my thoughts so far:
1. Get a stinking saddle that fits him! Working on it...
2. He needs to be better on his left lead. Working on it!
3. I need to work on extending and collecting his gaits. Will work on it.
What else can I work on now to lay the groundwork for him to be trained to jump? Assuming I lay the groundwork, would one month, at four trainings per week, be enough to teach him the basics of jumping small jumps? He's athletic and a quick learner, if sometimes stubborn. And fat.
"Saddle fit -- it's a no brainer!"" - random person