Flatwork for hunters and jumpers should be short and efficient–20 minutes per day when you only do flatwork, and 10 minutes on days when you are preparing to jump. Don’t work more than five minutes at a time on the flat without taking a short break–about a minute or two–to let the horse stretch and relax. A regular schedule for jumping includes one day a week in which you jump a course, and one day in which you either practice over gymnastics or jump single lines of fences. Also, if possible, take the horse into the woods or fields for a hack at least once a week. Make every second count while you’re mounted. Avoid trotting or cantering around and around the arena without changing direction or performing transitions frequently. This type of mindless wear-and-tear on the horse will break the animal down both mentally and physically.