Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Awwww, he's a cutie! It's always nice when we find those horses who seem to just enjoy what we're asking them to do, even if we're not quite sure!
I'd work a lot more on your two point - I find that as you're coming over the jump, your lower leg is swinging and causing you to fall back into the saddle as he lands, which is bumping his back and could cause him to start going sour with jumping.
I really think the best way for beginners to learn jumping is to just ride the entire jump in two point. Instead of trying to "figure out" when to enter a true two point and getting in your horses way for your efforts, just pick up your two point position a good several strides from the jump and STAY in two point - that means for a few strides after the jump as well. You won't anticipate it as much, you'll free up your horse, and it'll help for you to start feeling the movements without worrying so much about what you're doing.
Just make sure you log a LOT of flat time in two point. Get that lower leg stable, make sure that it's something you're able to easily accomplish while still being able to control your horse (you should be able to still use the reins without becoming unbalanced and falling out of two point).
You guys make a great team though and you look good! Just let him move a little more forward to the jumps! Best of luck!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.