Originally Posted by alexischristina
And grid work, grid work and more grid work. In the early training I prefer seeing grids and cross rails. Your horse looks very unhappy, which says she's either not ready to be jumping like she is or she's uncomfortable. Personally, if you're still training her how to jump get yourself in a saddle, get some riding boots on and do it correctly so you're certain you're not causing discomfort or inviting issues down the road. What happens if she runs out or stops? You don't have any security, and while you might not be afraid of coming off you wont be able to correct the behaviour promptly from the tack, and given the fact you're not wearing shoes, you're unable to do any sufficient correction from the ground.
When you first said shoes... for the horse? She's fine going barefoot and why put them on if she's jumping this low?
I have been doing cross rails with her. Tons of them. This is only one picture and one day of riding. She's also not unhappy. She perks her ears heading toward and away from the jump. Her ears are down over jumps due to concentration in my opinion. Even when she free jumps, her ears go back during the jump, but are up whenever else. It wouldn't be pain, because she even jumps on her own sometimes. I don't have to force her toward a jump. Typically, I have to give her a few checks to keep her from getting too excited.
I ride in tack most of the time. I decided to take her over a few jumps that day. I didn't plan to do that. It was more of a spur of the moment type of thing. I usually jump in tack.
I'll try some grids with her soon. And I wouldn't say she's still in that total beginner jumping stage. She has jumped about 3'6". I'm just wanting to train her form to be better over fences (ie. Scope, legs tucked).