Originally Posted by sandsarita
Looking at the second pic - you really need to work on keeping your eyes up. You end up where you are looking - so look ahead, not on the ground or you may end up there.
On your approach to the jump, try to have your pace (canter or trot) established for multiple strides (like 6+) before the jump. A number of times you seemed to just take off going towards it, and hit your pace 1 - 2 strides before. You really need a consistent pace whenever you are working, and if you ask him to speed up only a few strides out, you may inadvertently teach him to rush the jumps. Not something you want to happen.
On the landing, work on keeping him straight. He turned sharply left on you during the vid, and besides making it hard to stay on coarse, it can eventually unseat you if he does it unexpectedly - which they will (saw it happen this weekend). Pick a point far away, like towards the far fence in the riding area, and canter away from the jump to it in a straight line, and then stop.
I hope this helps some, I'm sure other people will have other ideas also. These are just the first things I would work on personally.
You also need to work with staying with him. It seemed that you tried to jump for him so you were going foward before he took off. And that caused you to come back to early. To try and help you feel the take off better ride an experienced horse and jump it without irons. This will help you feel the take off.
Also make sure you squeeze over the fence to help him. No matter the hieght you have to help your horse. You have to squeeze to let him know to take off and how long to stay in the air. I know it sounds like why should I do that, they know, but the horse doesn't know. If you don't squeeze to help a horse, they are going to start blowing through fences or taking off with out you. Also when you start jumping higher and your turning over a fence you have to help them know when they can bring their back legs down without hitting a rail.
It looks like you have very nice basics and I think lessons would deffinately help. Good job on how far you've got already and keep us updated.