Normally I'd have a weekly jump school with an eventer, but my current horse is older, a lovely jumper, and our footing isn't great on the old gams As a result I don't jump school him except in my monthly clinic lesson or at shows (1 or 2 times a month total, then)
I wonder if he's building enough muscle in the right places for jumping though? Would weekly cavaletti work give him the right muscle without the pounding, or not?
(He does hilly trails twice a week already and lunging in a chambon once a week.)
You should be good with the hills, but doing cavellettis would never hurt. A lot of top class hunters and jumpers ONLY jump at shows, so you should be good. Take care of your horse and safe his legs for when it counts.
I'm overthinking it and worrying about my old man!
Yep, you are Really, if he's strong and fit and you are lessoning or competing once or twice a month, you are fine. Again, a lot of Grand Prix riders very rarely jump their horses except at shows...those horses seem to have strong enough muscles for the job! You ARE doing the right thing by not jumping him on bad footing and aging legs, I promise!