The only thing I noticed was that you sit down a bit early over the jumps. I know you're riding defensively but once the horse jumps, you can reward him by giving him a good release and not banging down on his back when he lands. After a while that will also help with the refusing—he may be refusing because it's uncomfortable for him to jump. Really cute horse though! And you guys look great at the canter :)
hah for whatever reason I was sitting back REALLY early on the green (first) fence. I could feel it, and I don't think I was doing it as badly on the other jumps...hmm I dunno. I know I've got issues (when I first started jumping, my trainer at the time just pointed me at them on a semi crazy mare and told me to go. Didn't even learn how to release officially until last summer). I'll definitely try to keep that in mind though, the next time I ride.
First part of the video, around the 0:39 mark - steady those hands. He can feel every move you make in his mouth no matter how gentle the bit.
0:42 - toes in. You can get as good an effect squeezing with your calves most time as you can engaging your heel.
Not on this horse. I swear, he is DEAD to the leg. Probably cause he gets ridden in lessons all week by all sorts of riders (he's not mine, I think I forgot to mention it but I only ride him 1x a week), but you have to KICK him to get him to react. Or wear spurs.
0:45 - you JUST had him engaged, but lost it kind of quickly. Try to flex him a little to the inside, his neck looks a little stiff to me. Flex, hold one two, let go. Stride, stride, stride, stride, flex, hold one two, let go. Great exercise!
hehe he was actually coughing
But yeah I know, he's pretty stiff. -_- Unfortunately, not much I can fix in one lesson.
First bit of jumping video - heavy on the forehand, thump thump thump. That's why he made it so easy to refuse that first jump. You haven't engaged his hind end and given him lots of motion to capture and move forward with. I'm not saying he should be running. I'm saying his hind end should be his engine - right now, it's not, it's following his front end which is dragging him through this course.
Your form over the first fence was behind the motion which tells me one big thing - now you anticipate a refusal. You know that rule, don't anticipate the jump? Don't anticipate the refusal either, or you're going to get left behind, as you did.
I know he's kinda just bulldozing around...but is that something I can really fix in the span of 1 lesson?
Yep, you got that right. Ever since I started riding him, he's been refusing things [was quite disastrous in the beginning and almost made me quit riding last summer], and so now every time we ride up to a jump I have that moment of Oh my god is he going to go over?! At least I've progressed to riding defensively, whereas before I used to just stop riding all together and just kinda lean at the jump.
Shoulders up in the corners. Help your boy balance, don't hinder him.
Second refusal, you need to GET INTO HIM. Make him move forward off his hind end, don't allow him to canter and pick up all the slack.
I don't have time to dissect any more of the video, but I hope you know I didn't do this whole critique to say you're a bad rider, because you're not, I think you're wonderful (though I do think you are ill-matched to the horse.. you both look frustrated) and I think your jumping will definitely progress.
That said well done and happy trails (and jumps)!
Yes, a little ill-matched haha. We don't like each other. Never have, never will. -_- I only ride him when Brooke is at a show or being ridden by someone else (you can see her in the trotting clip).
Just curious...do I sit back too early/get left behind in these clips? They're me on the horse I usually ride (and, imo, do much better on)
Thank you both so much!