Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
I don't normally say this, but I really like your horse. He's the kind of horse that I would go see if I was buying, even if he was across the other side of the country. I tend to appreciate a horse that is a more sensitive ride, and can even be hot at times. Lovely, lovely boy.
Anyway... all of that aside... I will speak on the jumping picture, as I know nothing of dressage. You can clearly see there has been improvement. However, you're still jumping with your foot parallel to the ground. I'm not entirely sure how you manage this without losing your irons, but either way, you need to put your heel down, open your knee angle, and place your center of gravity over your legs.
I don't like the new style of jumping where people jam their legs out in front of them to keep them at the girth. That's not correct, in my opinion. A strong supple leg will always remain just behind the girth.... not to be confused with a swinging leg that has lost contact from a pinched knee! :)
So don't get too caught up with the idea that your leg needs to remain glued to your girth.
I would also like to just note one little thing. While I appreciate your generous releases, they are really unnecessary and will become a tough habit to quit. You need to remember to keep a feel of your horses mouth, so that you can pick him back up and make your next move upon landing. There is no reason to literally THROW your contact away in an attempt to be "nice" with his face. You can learn to keep the contact, while still providing an adequate release.
Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.