I've been riding for 8 years but am pretty new to jumping. So is my 6 year old gelding Luca, who I broke in myself. Before getting him, I was doing trotting poles and now we are jumping 40cm, going on to 60cm next session (since Luca is managing the 40cm jumps awesomely) I would just like some critique, mostly on Luca, but a bit on me, too, although I kind of know what I need to improve more (straighter back, better release, heels down, butt out of the saddle). I think Luca has improved tremendously, although he does take off the ground a bit early. But if I put a pole in front of the jump to help him with judging distance, he will just jump that pole as well.
Okay, without further ado, here's Luca! Click pics to enlarge
Free jumping about half a year ago (sloppy legs, jumping flat)
Same height jump, two days ago, under saddle:
another one from the same day and jump, jumping off way too early
Yeah, my position is bad, but I'm learning! So is Luca.