Originally Posted by JaneyWaney9
The biggest thing I noticed was the hands being too close to the saddle, and leaning forward. She looks like a great jumper! I don't think she is very consistent with her distances, though. I think the issue is just that you're leaning forward too much. Especially with a horse not trained to do jumping (just like my horse. He was trained western pleasure, so I had to turn him into an english and hunter jumper horse), they have a hard time feeling distances if you lean forward too much. It helped my horse a lot when I thought about sitting deep a little more, and bring my hands up. Not leaning back, because that will throw you off balance and you may get left behind, but if you just think about leaning back, you'll likely be perfectly fine. Just make sure you give a good release when you stop leaning forward!
She'd make a great jumper, and looks like she's very willing!
Thanks! And our background is barrel racing so that's where the leaning forward come from haha. And she is very willing. When I learned she liked to jump we were loping along when it was starting to get dark and a tree had fallen and she jumped right over it! Haha
Caught me off guard but I'm glad she did so now I can finally start doing the sport I love!!