Step One: Take a leisurely walk around the arena to look at the scary jumps. The standards are especially scary.
Oooh, this is fun! Nice and easy jump, lots of pats. What a good girl!
Step Three: Now let's trot over them. My what a big jump you have pony!
Step Four: Now with a rider. In a dressage saddle. With dressage length stirrups. We didn't think she'd actually get off the ground for a tiny crossrail. Plus, my saddle is so comfy that the rider swore it was like jumping in a Barca Lounger.
Tessa cantered off happily after every jump and even tried to drag her rider over a second crossrail set up in the arena. They actually had to slam to a halt to avoid it. Me thinks my pony might like the jumping.
Interesting note: My pony was bred to be a Sport Horse Arabian for eventing. She didn't get tall enough and when I bought her they said she wasn't a good fit for jumping. But it looks to me like maybe it's in her blood anyway. These were her FIRST jumps. We kept things simple and jumped it three times and called it good, with lots of petting and praise. Even though it wasn't me jumping her (I didn't want to catch her in the mouth if she overjumped since I haven't jumped in a bajillion years) I am so proud of my pony.