Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
You have a lovely horse. There are, however some real issues you need to work on before you do much more jumping. As has been said, your horse is very unbalanced on the flat. Until this is fixed on the flat, your jumping will continue to suffer.
Number one, you need to get that horse balanced! She is extremely heavy on her right shoulder. When she is going with the right shoulder to the outside, she pops that shoulder and overbends, sliding to the outside. You pull on the inside rein which only serves to increase the overbending. You need to close that outside leg on the girth and hold that shoulder. Use your leg to push to horse towards the left shoulder, instead of using your left rein to try to turn her.
When the right shoulder is on the inside, she is counterbending with her nose pointing to the outside. This is because all of her weight is on the right shoulder (on the inside). As a result she will collapse into the turn and you will find it very difficult to use a large turning radius. She will be stiff and unable to bend, as long as so much weight is down on the right shoulder. So, you try to use your outside rein to try to pull her into a larger turn. What happens then is you are pulling her out (instead of pushing her out with your leg) and forcing even MORE weight onto that right shoulder makeing matters worse.
In this case you need to work on this circle (clockwise). Do not use your hands to pull the nose out to keep the same size circle. You need to put that right leg at the girth and push her onto that outside (left) shoulder. The outside rein must be firm and consistent to allow the horse to move into it and support the left shoulder. Inside hand is near the neck giving half halts to help increase the bend. If you are familiar with leg yields, you are almost leg yielding the horse to the outside, trying to make the circle bigger using just your leg. In the beginning, it helps to put more of your weight into the outside stirrup (left) to help shift some of your weight off of that right shoulder. As she becomes more able to bend, shifting weight off the right shoulder, you can lessen your weight shift.
Does any of that make sense? I am happy to try to explain it fuller, if you need. Feel free to PM me for more info, or ask here.
Hope I have helped a little.