Thanks everyone so much for the critiques and the compliments on Carlyle. He is really the best and he takes such good care of me :)
Hornedfrog: I absolutely anticipate and throw myself at the jump. It is something I have been working on a lot with my trainer and actually its something I've had an issue with my entire horse-riding "career." I usually am pretty good about having my eyes up because I used to ride a really bad stopper that would take the slightest downward tilt as an excuse, but maybe I've slipped since my horse is really reliable. I will definitely keep that in mind, want to nip any forming bad habits in the bud
Quarterhorsegirl: I definitely need to sit back until my horse jumps, I think that is why my leg is going back and I am laying on his neck. I go up too early then I get pushed forward again when he jumps. Def need to work on that.
Tinyliny: I have recently been trying to ride with more contact to encourage my horse into a frame and obviously I don't know what I am doing yet haha. My old horse hated his mouth touched so I am working on riding with more contact but I haven't yet finessed that. He was being very up and bending the wrong way in the flat class so I think I was trying to fix that. I took a dressage lesson on Monday after this show to learn how to do this more effectively.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill