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 u 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 ;)