Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: G-town, 2580 NSW
dear god you pulled that first rail like 20m!!!!!!!!! Firstly don't let him through your hands, make them softer and use seat... as it appeared that you were out of the saddle more often than not- try and relax in the saddle a bit more- let him round beneath you and establish a rhythm (ie. MORE DRESSAGE!). That will stop you have to drag and balance on his mouth to get corners and slow him before the fence.try a drop or the flash on a hanovarian to stop him gaping, will give you a bit more control too if he can't escape the pressure ;).
The fact that he pulled alot of the verticals is showing that he needs balance and impulsion behind. Impulsion doesn't mean faster, I would suggest lots of grid work... a great one for him would be ' ground rail, bounce, 1s, 2s, bounce' also ... just typing as i'm thinking here.... a few canter poles before and after a low vertcal fence (2'6ish would prob be a good height for him).
I'm under the impression that the last course on the vid is a topscore or similar so I understand speed is a major factor... but was that the last course of the day? Because he was jumping much better after getting into a rythm and knowing what he's doing..
Sorry if I was a bit harsh.. or offended you but mean well ;)