I got him out, groomed him, and then we headed to the arena.
I set up a jump and a chute to help him set up, since this would be free jumping. Brett helped me with the set up and Winston inspected our work.
I started with the poles very low, even though we know he can jump the arena fence if he wants. We weren't eager to watch that particular trick again so my plan was to make it low key, low stress, fun and easy for him. I pointed him towards the jump and off he went, ears forward, tail up, prancing between rounds.
All I had to do was stand in the middle of the arena and watch him go.
I set the jump up a bit higher when he started just trotting over without hardly breaking stride. He was having a blast, coming to a halt in a cloud of dust and then taking off again.
If you don't believe me, watch this short video and see for yourself. At the end, I had it up a bit too high for his comfort and he knocked the rail down. He was tired and covered in sweat at that point so I lowered it a notch, sent him off again to finish on a confident note, and called it a morning.
I think I'm going to incorporate this into our weekly training routine. He loves it, it's something different and I can watch him play over the jumps without worrying about coming off. My jumping days are over. I think.