I recently started taking jumping lessons under instructor again. Now we agreed that I might try some higer jumps after jumping 80-90 for a long time.
Here are some pictures and a video link for you to see and give your judgement if I am ready for this height (110-120 in the video).
I would also apriciate any advice what to change to improve.
Hey, your jumping looks like you have a good base. When you say 110 to 120 do you mean 1.10m - 1.20 ( 3'6-4foot)??
In the video it looks like your bringing your body back in the middle of the jump which is making you catch your horses mouth again and again. In the last frame when your horse is about to refuse (good job on getting over it ) you can see you hand your body way to forward which may have caused the second guessing of your horse on what spot to take off from. You are looking ahead to your turn, that's a good thing but at the same time it looks like your back may be too roached (or could be from your jacket, they play tricks on how your body looks)
Your horse is taking HUGE jumps!! Its great to see how excited he/she is and loves his/her job but this may be affecting your position greatly. The incositancy(sp?) of his/her take off can really make jumping harder than it has to be. You do a great job of "staying with" the horse but there are some minor things.
I did a freeze frame on all the jumps in the video, and its not consitant, at about 0.19 you are not out of the saddle and got left behind. At 0.38 your jumping ahead. At .43 you have a straight line from ankle to knee to elbow to hand. And on that last jump you got very unseated - very. And that's okay, we all do but you need to sink down in your heels and stay with it no matter what, your leg moves around quite a bit.
As for jumping at this height...I wouldn't say show at this, I would stay at maybe 3'3 or 3foot. When you get into the bigger jumps and the bigger courses with more questions do you think you could handle getting thrown out of the tack in the middle of a one stride combination? Your horse jumps huge over a liver pool 4 stides to a vertical? Once jumps get bigger the course is more challanging. I could show higher level right now, but if I have an "oh sh*t" moment I'm not sure how well I can get out of it without making my horse do unsafe jumping.
All in all, you look like you know what your doing, have the basics down and just need to get more practice staying with your horse. And Maybe do a course of a mix of heights so you can go for the bigger ones then come back down.
But I wouldn't suggest staying at the height, your grabbing your horse too much in the mouth and he may become an unhappy horse when jumping because of it.
Yes 1.10-1.20m is what I ment.
I will deffitely not compite on this height yet. It was just my instructor said that I should start moving a bit higher in the lessons to get the feeling first and then start working on making things more perfect between us.
Yes it was the jacket. I took it off for some last jumps but the weather was a bit too cold.
I was thinking about jumping lower during the lesson and jump two-three higher ones in the end of every jumping training? I feel a lot safer on the lower ones and that way I would not be holding her mouth so tightly but could still practise my seat (and release!) on the higher ones.
One thing that also might be against us is that we have only been working with eatch other for 4 months and were not jumping at the beginning.
But she is perfect for me to practice since she has been compeating 1.60m (5'4) some time ago and is perfectly schooled in jumping. Hence the save on the last bad jump.
Ohh well then :p I know how you feel. I wrote my post fast so if it came off rude, mean , insulting that was NOT what I was going for- trust me I've had a lot of that. More of a safety. My mare did 1.40+ and not until about 2 months ago could I stay with her. With the added info, can you have someone jump your horse for you? Just once and a while. That way he can still do his "fun" work and stay in tune with the bigger jumps while you do smaller ( 3' - 3'3) . Your horse being such a high level horse you don't want to loose that.
If your horse has done 1.60 then honestly your where you should be ( you know what I mean I'm sure) and keep working to stay with the motion. High level horses have such a huge jump most professionals get thrown around.
Heh yeah she has hughe movements and powerful jump. Nothing like my previous horses.
My instructor is jumping her once or twice a week depending on how much I ride. He tries to get her more familiar with cross country before I try her out there but he also does regular jumps once in a while. I am thinking about doing some beginner level eventng since she loves to go hunting and jump XC.
And I also started dressage lessons yesterday with her.