Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: On the big bay horse
You have very nice form in your updated photos, I can see this in your original photo and in your updated: Your stirrups are a hole or two too long for jumping, they might work wonderfully for you on the flat but I ride Hunter/Jumper and mostly Equitation. We flat with our stirrups two holes longer and I can see that you are really reaching for your stirrup over the jumps, this causes you to be reaching and leaning a bit forward over the jumps. Try shortening and then jumping, you will probably be very suprised with how much more secure your leg feels and it will make alot of difference, I know it did for me the first time! Try reading some of George Morris' critiques(if you can) in practical horseman.
Also for seeing your distance, as you may know jumping a horse causes strain on their body so to work on seeing your spot better try doing alot of poles, it will save your horse :) I have a 16 year old still doing 3'-3'6" with ease. You will really see a difference when you do alot of poles. I even set up courses of poles and do turns, lines, etc. Also, to help improve your eye, work on a line of poles set at 4 strides, work on getting the 4 then collecting for the 5 and then extending for the 3, it will help a great deal with adjustability and then you can really feel how much of a move you need to make to change your horses stride length which will make courses much easier