Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Yes, shorter stirrups and higher hands. But thereís more. You are jumping waaaaaaay ahead, and it is apparent by the way your leg is nearly straight. This is a small jump, you donít need to jump for your horse- you just need to stay out of her (he/she?) way. By getting ahead of her, all you are doing is making it harder for your horse to get up and over because she has to compensate for your weight on her front end. When you get to the big jumps (4 ft+), you will want to be more forward, but for these types of jumps, all you want is to go into more of a half seat, making sure to stay with your horseís center of gravity. When she jumps, you need to let her close your hip angles (so make sure theyíre not locked!). Donít throw your body forward, donít lie on her neck.
As for your hands, they need to be much, much higher. You are popping her in the mouth and not releasing to allow her to stretch over the jump. Not fixing this will sour her to jumping because sheíll associate it with pain in her mouth.
Good news is your head is up and you are looking forward. Thatís very important and something a lot of riders struggle with. Keep it up!