I don't even know what to say except thank you so much!
Honestly, this has been eye-opening for me. I especially liked the ideas of "trotting & cantering" the jump course in my free time before the class.
I have been wondering this since it seems to be an implication that this is possible. Whenever I have done shows, the courses were posted only a few minutes before my class started. At the bigger shows, will my course be posted very far in advance so that I will have a few hours to look at it? Or will it be the same?
I've never seen people walking the course (granted, this has been at schooling shows). Does that happen at A & AA shows? I mean, I got to my shows at 4 in the morning every time even though sometimes my classes wouldn't start until 3 in the afternoon.
I have a really good, supportive trainer now. I don't want to discredit him by asking all these questions. Quite the opposite, I want to be as good of a student and as prepared as I possibly can be. I think I will have to pull out some flash cards, bed sheets, pencils & such :]
As to what someone said about thinking on the fly while riding. Honestly, that sounds like an incredible thing to try! I texted my trainer just now and asked if we could try that. I think that would be an incredible aid for possibly working on trying to improve my memory.