Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
You two look like a really nice team.
One thing that I noticed would help improve all three phases. BEND.
In your dressage ride, The horse was diving onto his inside shoulder and leaning into the turn. Just like a bicycle which has no ability to bend, you have to lean to go around a turn. The same with an unbending horse. He is diving and leaning so much that, to stay in the saddle (which is now leaning way in too) your upper body is thrown way to the inside. This adds YOUR body weight to the already too heavy inside shoulder....making things really worse.
This same thing is hurting your jumping, especially seen in the show jumping. Your horse is unable to bend on his turns. As a result, again, he is diving on that inside shoulder causing him to lean into the turn. This often causes the horse to turn too hard. I see you are trying to make a wider turn and have to pull too much on the outside rein to guide him into a larger smoother turn. As a result, you are creating a counter bend. This makes the turns really unbalanced and, it shortens the time for the horse to actually see the upcoming jump as he is forced to look to the outside.
What can be done? Flatwork. You must teach your horse how to bend properly. Lots of bending/serpentines/circles/change of bends. Use more inside leg to encourage your horse to move into his outside shoulder and rein.
Once your horse is bending better, he will be so much more balanced. Then, he will be able to use impulsion much better and start engaging the haunch (almost impossible to do well in an unbalanced horse).
Every horse is different and the training approach geared toward the individual horse. There is no "cookie cutter" approach that works for all horses. I can't teach you here, how to get your horse to bend. I would need more info or face to face to do more.
Keep it up, you are definitely on the right track.