Hi! Please critique my horse, Monte, and I jumping! Sorry it's a bad angle, but it's the only photo my digital-camera-challenged parents got where we were actually over the jump.
Brief training history... Me: lots of flatwork/eq training, about 5 jumping lessons 5 years ago! Ha-ha Monte: fairly green, had some minor "backyard" jumping training 1.5 years ago. At the time these photos were taken, he and I had not done any formal training together, but now we're in weekly lessons and concentrating on impulsion, carriage, and balance (on the flat)! We've been together for about 5 months and in lessons for 2 months.
Feel free to pick us apart and point out ALL the bad things! I would love if you could also provide insight on how to fix the bad things or any exercises that could help us. We're not super serious jumpers, it's more of a fun thing (especially for Monte, he really perks up and gets excited to just go over a tiny crossrail!) But maybe some day we'll pop into an over fences class at a show! =)
Also, I noticed in the photos that my parents caught just before and just after the jump, my back seemed very rounded/haunched. I've never had this problem riding on the flat (both seated and in 2-point). Anyone else have this experience? How do I fix it? (or am I supposed to look like this?!)