So I've posted before about free jumping my guy, and I have to say that even though we don't free jump often - MAYBE 8-10 sessions a year honestly. I've seen a HUGE improvement from when I first started these "sessions"
This is our first attempt "jumping" *ignore my horrible position, clothing, etc....* The date for these is April 2010.
Six Months later, I attempted free jumping for the first time... and we still are epically horrible. November 2010.
There was some learning, a few camera-less sessions in between 2010 and now, but this is the progress we've made so far: (May 2012)
My question is, how do we get better? I learned that tossing a pole in front of the jump that is about equal distance from the jump as the jump is tall helps Nikki with his take off point. We do mostly trail riding, and I've gotten a better diet for him.
But what can I do to get him to consistently keep his feet together? And what can I do to get him to tuck up his feet more?
What else should I know, or consider when free jumping him .... in hopes that I will eventually be gutsy enough to jump with him :)