I got a new horse, and hit a bump in the road.
I have been riding for 15 years now, and have competed/trained in Eventing/Hunters/Jumpers.
I've pretty much done it all, english wise.
I used to compete 4' Jumpers with a TB a few years ago, and was solid at that height. Most recently I was working with a young Dutch X. Now I have my greenie boy.
So, I have only been jumping around 2'6 for a few years now. I feel like I've totally lost my solidity at jumping.
I am fine over smaller jumps, but as you can see in the video my new guy pretty much enjoys his jumping. He seems to really love it already. And he's jumping 2'6 like its 3'6 & higher. I feel like he's completely jumping me out of the tack.
Now, I haven't found a GOOD trainer out here yet to train with. I am looking, because I want to take lessons occasionally to stay in the groove, make sure I'm not picking up bad habits. I can't seem to find a good, solid trainer in Eventing. So... therefore I'm posting it here for you guys to rip me apart. I need to know.
My scenario of what I think I'm doing? I think my legs aren't strong enough yet for the height my gelding is jumping, therefore that is why they are swinging backwards slightly, and I'm over-compensating with my back arching to attempt to stay with him. That and the take-off to the fence I think I am not bending enough at the hips, but more standing in my stirrups. (Granted, my stirrups are too long when I was riding here, and I also think I lightly sprained my ankle earlier today because its throbbing.)
What do you think?
(I know I have an issue with my shoulders, I do slouch when riding when I don't realize I am. Its been a habit for 15 years now, I'm really trying to fix it. Honestly.
I've mainly done Eventing/Jumpers so I never really worried about 'perfecting' my form over fences, as long as it got the job done.)