The first thing I noticed is that you sit back on your horse as soon as he pushed off to jump. Keep yourself in half seat/ 2 point till your horse's legs are on the ground on the other side of the jump. The 2 main things you have to remember is to NEVER sit back on your horse over the jump (this you are doing) and to NEVER grab your horse in the mouth (this you are not doing). Use your heels, and I can see you making an effort of using them which is good. As for Butters, he could benefit from crossrails. They will help teach him to jump round instead of flat, and maybe help the hanging leg he has. Otherwise I like you two as a team. I think both of you have a lot to teach the other. So far I think you are doing a good job. :)
Okay,I see what you mean when I'm sitting back. How can I fix that? I am taking lessons and my trainer never mentioned me doing this but maybe its because we've been having group lessons all summer. I know I need to keep looking forward and my heels are a problem but I'm really trying to work on it. I'm doing dressage also. I've been having flat lessons and then jumping in the afternoon...2 lessons a day.Very beneficial! So when I sit back..when I stay in a two point I want fall forward will I?
This is my husband's horse :) She is actually a western horse. I usually jump my horse but she does what I call "power jumps".My trainer said it's because she doesn't use her hind end correctly
To fix this you have to be mentally aware that you have to keep yourself up. When you start to jump you are out of the saddle and your upper body is following his neck like your supposed too. But when she starts to curve over the jump you freeze in that position. Let your upper body follow her neck. Put your hands 2 inches down and farther up and stick them there over the jump. This will help pull your upper body down when you have to stretch your arms so she can use her head.
If you want to fix these "power jumps" use bounces and one strides to help her learn to use her hind legs. Posted via Mobile Device
Your welcome. I used to sit back on my horse and pull on their mouth over the jump. So I can relate to your flaws pretty well. Good luck and post new videos and pictures so I can see how your doing. :) Posted via Mobile Device