Thanks for the reply and for all of your tips!
The horse isn't mine. My trainer has several schooling horses and this is my first time riding Artie. The horse I had been riding and who I rode the last 2 weeks over the crossrails had to go back to her owner as she was only a lease for my trainer to try out.
I see exactly what you mean about my leg being unstable. I really need to work on this. Seeing it on video really helps too because now I can see exactly what it was that I am doing wrong. And I will take your suggestion on the stirrup length too! Regarding my toes, I have been working on trying to point my toe forward instead of turning them out and gripping with my heels. I work on that every week.
My trainer has me getting into 2 point a few strides before but says that I don't have to if I feel like I can get into position at the jump. I still feel like I need the extra few strides to get into the correct position and that as I improve and gain confidence I won't need to do that.
I have a real problem with contact on the reins in that it always feels like I'm holding them too tight even when they're loose. My trainer is always telling me to shorten the reins! I feel like my rein control could use a lot of work. You have pointed out great things about my reins and my heels causing him to speed up and I will definitely work on this.
I'm going to ask my trainer to work on more 2 point next Saturday. I definitely feel like there are lots of improvements to be made there. She looked at the video and said the same thing as you about not holding my position after the jump and being rocked forward a bit.
Thank you for the pointers on my trot. I will work on trying to relax and not force it so much. This was my first time on Artie so I wasn't quite used to his trot yet...I'd like to think my trot looks better on some of the horses I've ridden more consistently! ;)
I would love to take lessons more than just once a week but with my work schedule (12-14hrs a day 5-6days a week) it's just not possible. I feel like after a lesson I learn a lot and my body gets used to the motions and then 7 days go by and my muscle forgets a little. I'm going to keep at it though!
I told my trainer in January when I started that "I want to jump!" so I'm super excited to be at that goal. Over the next few months I look forward to improving!