Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: State College, PA
Your riding is excellent but there are things you can do to help your horse, now that you said he's a former WP mount I can understand about his movement. He jumps with all 4 feet, but he's athletic enough to get away with it. You need to do TRANSITIONS, TRANSITIONS, TRANSITIONS and get him off his forehand. You also need to learn to rock him back over the fence so he bascules instead of "bunny hopping" as I think the jump was coined earlier. Gymnastics, lots of dressage flat work with half halts every few strides to really make him work uphill and collected will make the world of difference and he will go from being nice to being amazing. Also, to help him learn to bascule you can half halt him coming into the fences while driving him with your legs. You basically want him lifting his front end higher each stride starting at least 3 strides away from the fence. So when you finally hit the distance he is so far on his haunches that his front end naturally raises and he uses those powerful hindquarters to power you over the fences. You can also use bounce poles and actual bounces like cross rail to vertical or something like that to get him to sit back on his haunches to jump. All in all though you are doing really well and keep up the good work. You can ride very well, now you're entering the uncharted waters of having to train and ride at the same time!