So first a bit of background. I just started riding English (hunters) not quite two years ago when I bought Amber. I have technically been jumping for a year, but my lessons were very sporadic at first. I have only been consistently learning to jump for a couple months now. So a couple weeks ago I took Amber to our first show (first for both of us) and entered the cross rail division. We actually did really well, but I saw this picture my dad took of us jumping and I was pretty appalled at my position. It looks like I am just standing over her neck and not two-pointing.
So yesterday I set up a cross rail and really tried to pay attention to my position. Every time I went over, it felt like I was either getting left behind or jumping ahead. When I was ahead (like in the picture) I can feel my legs slide back and I use her neck to balance. When I two point on the flat I feel pretty solid in all three gaits, but I probably could use some more practice. Other than practicing more, what can I do to fix this? I have heard that jumping with your eyes closed can help, but there isn't a trustworthy horse I can ride to do this. Here's a video of us jumping at the show. I am aware that I am doing multiple other things wrong, but I am working on it. Oh, and yes, I am going to ask my instructor, but I won't have a lesson for another two weeks.
00057.mp4 video by chewchew11 | Photobucket
(Sorry, can't figure out how to embed it)
On a side note, how does Amber look? She's was pretty excited and wasn't really listening or framing like she usually does and she kept calling to her friend, but does it look like she will make a good low-level hunter when she learns to be calmer at shows?
Thank you in advance!