Awesome video and well done. I love the camera work.
I can see you love your horse, but I have to agree with JDI that you should really be focusing alot on Dressage. I would love to see what you come up with video wise.
Horses only have so much jump in them and as we all know, Dressage is the fundamentals to all riding, especially jumping. Did you know GP level Jumpers *not all, but many* spend 5 days a week doing only Dressage? Majority of them only jump once a week, and I've even seen some only jump in the warm up ring at the comp itself.
But that's her in North America, I don't know how things are done in Ireland or GB.
With how much you love him, I am sure you are taking great care of him out of the saddle. AKA Suppliments, hosing, wrapping, liniments, etc, etc.
With your flat work - you really need to work on your hands hon. All I see you do is hold them low and enforce your horse to hold his head in a false frame.
Soften up your arms. Carry your hands. Pick them up! Your elbow angle is much to open. Get your elbows to your sides, pick up your hands and drive your horse up and forward into them.
Remember, Seat Into Legs Into Hands To Soften. You cannot aid your horse to get off of his forehand if you are carrying your hands that low *and wide*
I think you have a very solid leg, absolutely moreso than many I've seen. And I think you have a solid seat over fences - but inbetween, you have nothing.
That is where Dressage will become exceptionally benefitial for you and your horse.
And to be jumping those heights when your horse isn't as conditioned as he should be, is head shaking.
I love the grid work you are doing, great idea's! But how about incorporate those ground pole grids, with doing Dressage.
I'm an Eventer, I spend the most of my time out on trails, but now that it is much colder here *In Michigan* due to winter being just around the corner, my TB and I spend allot of time in the indoor - doing Dressage.
I do so much flat work with my boy, I have people asking me if that is what we do - Dressage.
"So what level of dressage do you guys compete at?" I have to respond - we don't. We're Eventers. And I get alot of shocked responses.
Majority of the boarders at my barn, had no idea I was an Eventer. The majority who've seen me ride, thought I was a DQ.
Reason? I know my horse can jump. I know I can jump - so why focus on that whenever we ride?
Dressage, Dressage, Dressage, Dressage is the absolute most important factor to jumping.
Jumping is Dressage, with speed bumps.
Did you know that the majority of GP level horses - can do MINIMALLY level 3 dressage? That is because that is where their training is primarily focused on - so that they can be that much more accurate, precise - out in the competative ring.
What I suggest is pause over fences for now. Take a break. You know your horse can jump, you know you can jump - so why not focus on what you are weaker at?
As my coach says when we are in a lesson "You know your horse can half pass to the right well, so why work on it?" right - same gyst? You know you both can jump - that's obvious - so why work on it?
Save your horses legs, and focus on filling the holes in the both of your training - where Dressage can fill them back up for you.
You both make a great team - now, make yourselves even better.
thanks my friend did it for me
Firstly I jump at home maxiumum once a week and again at a local show if its on but I havent competed since feb so we've been jumping maximum once a week and flat work rest of the time.
If theres a lot of shows coming up or if im jumping weekly at a league I don't jump at home at all.
I've really started focusing on carrying my hands and not worrying about were oscars head is. I've been trying really hard to get out of that habit.
I was jumping because im trying to get my hands right over jumps and my leg. I've practised them on the ground but you can only really get the feel properly if you're going over a fence. If you get what I mean.
Today I rode and I did some dressage. I practised turn on the forehand and prefected my leg yielding in walk both ways ( he was a bit confused going to the right but he's soo much better:))
I have a show coming up on fri so im giving him day off tomorrow coz im away then flatwork tues flatwork wed hacking thurs show fri then saturday off.
Im not planning on jumping him now for a while because im happy I've started giving with my hands now over a jump which was my aim so im going 2 stick with dressage now:)
Any ideas what I can do on the flat because I always run out of ideas.
Thanks for your advice and il work on that:)