Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
So, its four fourty five in the morning and I'm trying to write this, so please bare with me.
First question - is the horse yours? You said that you are new to jumping and I'm just wondering why you are jumping a horse who is obviously new to jumping itself, even if the jumps are small.
Now, when you go into two point before the jump your leg becomes very unstable. Try to really support yourself and stretch your weight deep and down into your heel. I think it might help you if you shorten your stirrups a hole, because it seems like your really stretching your toes down to find them at some point.
Now, I presume your trainer has you going into two point a few strides in front of the jump because your still learning? This is okay, but I think it would really help you if you had a little bit more contact with your reins because your just 'giving them away to the horse' in front of the jump. Also, when you do this because your leg isn't steady - your heel is bouncing around in his side and his responding by getting into anreally rushed trot. Establish an even, steady pase well before the fence and keep it.
I'd recommend doing a lot of two point work at trot and canter on the flat to really help build the foundations of your two point and make your lower leg more solid.
You land the jump quiet nicely, but afterwards you seem to be bopped forward out of the saddle, try to really absorb the motion of the horse and go with it instead of against it.
Then, when you are trotting around the ring - your rising becomes quiet jerky. Go WITH the horses motion, relax your movement and allow yourself to feel his. Try and soften your hands a little, keep them nice and steady when you rise. Remember, the horse can feel every little bit of motion in your hands and respond to it.
I think your doing a pretty good job for having not jumped much, I really like how you keep your eyes up over the fence all the time :)