Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
You really need to work on your lower leg and controlling your horse's strides with your seat. Numerous times (I paused it at 0:57 so that point in particular) you are literally bringing your entire leg off his side and booting him; your signals shouldn't need to be that big.
You had two decisions; bring him back with your seat and get the striding right, or push him forwards and get a long spot. You pushed him forwards. You need to ride each and every stride, and not go "oops!" and let him figure it out.
Dressage will really help both of you.
I see you kicking a lot just a stride or less in front of the jump - by then you should have committed to the speed, stride and everything, not trying to ask for a little more at the last minute. I really think you should take some dressage lessons then apply that to your jumping; you'll be better able to understand how to influence your horse's stride with your seat first and foremost, and not have to use large movements of your body to get results.
At 1:33 you can see your leg swing a lot before, over, and after the jump. Your lower leg needs a lot of work to become solid. Solid leg=solid rider. A lack of a solid leg can and does influence your entire ride.
Let your horse close your hip angle, you don't need to duck down and close the angle.
The last two jumps really emphasize the need for a solid leg - your leg has to be your anchor, and right now it's slipping and sliding all over the place.
You and your horse are a very cute pair, but I would strongly suggest you focus on dressage and get that leg solid over trot poles and cross rails.
Best of luck!
At 57secs I do take my leg away but that striding was very tough to ride. I had the instructor shouting at me to push him on because he had gone slowly through the bounces before that.
He is a hard horse to ride at the minute as he's not fit so he's behind the leg a bit which i'm working on.
I kick on the last stride because oscars a it funny jumping and struggles to know when to take off so he takes off when I give him a kick. As he gets fitter all i'll have to do is a squeeze but we've both been off for a few weeks due to injury so we're both a bit rusty.
Believe it or not my leg acctually used to be worse than that but that was because of the position of the saddle ( which we've got fixed). Also im trying to find my right jumping length stirrup at the minute so maybe if I find a good length i'l have stronger lower leg. Also oscar hasnt got much belly on him at the minute so he's not got much for me to wrap my legs around and i'm to small to wrap my legs around his belly lol.
I'll keep your comments in mind next time im jumping and try and improve on my leg. Im going 2 concentrate on flat work this week and see how it goes.
Thanks for your comment:)