He turns 7 in April, this is his 3rd year working with jumps. I have been riding since I was four, started out western then wanted to do english when I was about 9. I'm almost 17 now. I know the amount of time has nothing to do with how good of a rider I am, but I was on the varsity riding team at my boarding school jumping 3'+ (not trying to brag, just to give you something to gauge with) Those were all school horses though. I've done all the work with him myself, and I do have a trainer, but in the last couple of weeks, every time we schedule a lesson, it rains, and there isn't an indoor I can ride in. I have some confidence issues, and I know that doesn't help him the least bit, but I am trying to get over them. That's probably what is wrong =/ At the boarding school, towards the end of the year, they put me on a pony that no one could ride, one that refused everything. And of course, that shot my confidence way down the drain. Way to end on a good note, huh?
Sorry for not replying for so long, I haven't had time to get on here with college admissions and everything that's going on right now. Thanks though so far guys :) I really do appreciate it.
Also, it probably helps to add that I went back down to a line of ground poles a couple days ago, with standards on either side of the pole (to simulate going through a jump) and got him going nice and steady over that, then moved up to crossrails (like 18") and he's been doing pretty well over that, a little fast at times, but more controllable than before. It seems to help a lot if I focus my eyes on the barn, or the cows in the field, whatever is ahead of me, I really do want to go over the jump! I guess my body language doesn't always say the same thing though lol.