Originally Posted by persimmoncf
Any advise on what to practice to help my horse. He pulls himself around the ring at the trot and mostly the canter. When jumping he has very hard downward landings. I need to lighten him up a tad
Do some search in this section. There were number of threads with the similar problem. I personally found changing the gaits to be very helpful. I go from trot to walk. If she drops herself I just move her back to trot right away, and go to walk after several strides, till she realizes she wants to be light and ready to go. Also trot-canter, walk-canter, etc. transitions. Circles, serpentine, and poles are really useful as well.