Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
I agree with what you said about letting her rush into the transition before the jump. You really need to sit deep, but your inside leg on the girth, outside leg behind the girth and ask for the canter. Specially because she is only four, you need to make this consistent. I think she would also benefit if you picked up the canter, did a circle or two THEN asked her to jump. She should really have a nice and steady canter before the jump, instead of all being within a few strides. She looked a little awkward and unbalanced to me.
Your position is nice, just remember to keep everything stable. Give with your hands, but don't 'throw them at her'. It also looked a little to me that you were throwing your leg forward (however, that could have been my little screen on my phone).
And, I'm going to make the classical young horse jumping comment. Remember, if you want her to be a good jumper when she is older - do not rush her now. Do lots of flatwork with her, be careful of her joints and really have the basics 'perfect' before you move up. Otherwise, these faults are just going to get more obvious as the jumps get higher.
She looks sweet, once she gets a little more collected she'll be great. (:
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