That's close, for him! Hahahah he takes off so far away normally.
Unfortunately the video is on FB and I can't upload it to youtube because my phone does NOT like the app and won't connect to my computer. I'll see how I go regarding finding someone to video me in my lesson next week, then at least I can get the footage onto the computer, play around with it a bit with some slowmo even... sound good?
Edit; attached is a couple of photos of the spot he likes to choose if I don't work on getting him deep. Scuse my position in them, they're all old - especially the one where I'm in a dressage saddle, that's over two years old now! I don't have a photographer very often...
You need to definitely strengthen your abs and lower back, straighten up over the jump and don't lean up the neck so much :) your horse could clear much more too if you make sure you have a position that is in tune with his, when your body "peaks" so will your horses, and that's bout as high as you're going to get cause now he can't go up, he can only go forward. We call it "punch belly" on the back side (makes it look like someone just punched you) and that can be fixed with abs and back training and maybe try trot in, trot out exercises at a lower height to perfect your position before your lesson really begins :) Hope this helps!!
(i been there girl... I feel ya :))
And as for the long spots.. It WILL get dangerous if you continue with this current position. As the height goes up, your horse will be more likely to stop out or flip on the back rail of an oxer. Work on your eye and have him wait for you to tell him to jump. Some horses prefer long, I know because Romeo is one who loves long, but it is crucial that is not the normal.
Surprisingly, TJ, he has no trouble coming up. These aren't big enough for him :P [he jumps flat if the jumps are little, because he's lazy and can get away with it, but the bigger they get the better his bascule and usually the distances he insists on are better too]
I can get him to chip in now and then but he does really love jumping and in a snaffle I don't have quite as much control. He can be a little strong, so if I have him in his pelham he's great and we hit the right spot 9 times out of 10. Oftentimes I set him on a stride length and then in the last 3 strides he just takes over. He's a very experienced jumper and I'm... not... so he thinks he knows better than I do...
I also think I tend to see the distance for all fences as if they were verticals, I don't have a lot of experience with oxers... especially the big ones. His scope isn't what's keeping us at around this height, we can do and have done bigger together, it's my confidence that's the issue. I haven't actually done much in the way of jumping in quite a long time. A session here, a session there, always months apart. And we're just coming back from a break due to him having a knee problem.
I'm not making excuses, I know it comes across that way but I'm not. He's quite unique, we've gone through six instructors trying to find one who actually gets him and we're currently on the seventh. So far so good... the other six instructors either made matters worse or let my riding plateau... but I haven't had a jumping lesson in over a year so it doesn't surprise me that I have a few bad habits. I'm just glad that my lower leg has finally started to come back to me.
Everyone has to start somewhere :) I spent a very long time with this horse going no higher than 2' because I was terrified of him. I did jump higher than that before I got him, but again, I spent a very long time only jumping small stuff. Compared to someone just starting out I'm super-experienced but compared to where I want to go I'm a complete beginner... so much to learn... so much confidence I need to gain...
I'm off to camp soon, unfortunately I can't drive the lesson at all because it's a group lesson as part of PC camp. The jumping lesson is tomorrow but it wouldn't matter if it was today because I don't have a computer I can take and you've seen the quality, or rather lack thereof, of videos my phone takes!