Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
Wow, he sure is quick when he changes his mind! It's like riding a squirrel. The only suggestion I have is to give him some balancing half halts throughout to try to keep his legs more under him on approach to the fences.
haha, that's the perfect way to describe him! I definitely need to do more half halts...I got stuck on the whole AHHH he's GOING FAST thing that I forgot about the rest of him a bit, haha.
Originally Posted by KittyCat
Few minor things. Keep your elbows in against your sides. At least in 'fail 2' keep your hands down on the backside of the jumps. It looked like you were pulling back as he landed. Part of that is that you are coming up a bit too early and your hands are following your body.
For the refusals and such... what works for me with a horse that quick in changing his mind... keep contact through the reins and with your legs at all times. It seemed that he refused when you allowed him to duck out.
Also, you really probably don't need to check so much. Try picking a pace and, if he starts to pull or speed up and doesn't listen to half-halts, alternate reins with half-halts. It should get his attention. (at least that's what works with an off-the-track-tb I ride)
Looks pretty nice overall and nice job staying on in those refusals :)
Yeah, I noticed that. My jumping position needs a bit of work...I think part of the reason might be that I've only just begun to jump this height consistently [like, the last few weeks] PLUS I've been riding a horse who doesn't put nearly as much effort into the jumps as Scooter, so he goes over them and I'm like WOAH big jump. -_-
Oh, the legs. That was a big issue that I need to work on - he's incredibly sensitive to leg pressure, and so I was a little afraid that he'd take off if I used any leg [which he's done before]..so I didn't. Hah that's probably part of the reason he was refusing.
Yeah, a few of the times I checked him a LOT were because we had just picked up the canter, and he pretty much bolted into it, so I was just trying to get his attention at all so that I could pick a pace. I do use alternating half halts on the flat with him, and they work pretty well. I don't know why I didn't use them jumping, hahaha.
Thank you :) I stayed on for almost all of them - one particularly nasty one got me off at the first jump in the combination haha