Derby in a month, haven't jumped much this winter - yea or nay?
Trying to decide between a dressage show and an indoor derby next month. Obvious choice is the derby, BUT...
The horse and I have only jumped twice since fall, and he's only been worked about twice a week since then. He's a little out of shape, currently doing about 45 minutes of work 2-3 times a week, mostly trot work with 5-10 minutes of cantering (total). I'm going to really try to get him up to 4-5 days a week and throw in some plain ol' trot sets (with two point for me, yay!) to stretch out the rides and improve his fitness level, with a good school o/f at least once a week (as daylight allows....).
Is it unreasonable of me to think we might be semi-fit enough to go to the derby and do a round or two at 2'3" & 2'7" in a month's time? In fall of last year, we were schooling 2'6"-2'9" and had successfully competed over the same venue's outdoor derby course at Intro (2'). We popped over a few single 2'3" fences about a week ago and while he was breathing a bit heavily, neither of us died (although thanks to pilot error, we did plow through it once!).