Hey everyone, this is my four year old ottb gelding who I have had for under a year now. We have come SOOO far and he makes me so proud every day to be able to say he is my horse. But I have one problem which is his jump. He jumps very round with nice tucked knees and smoothly over everything. I think over bigger jumps I'll be able to hold on but right now over xrails I am FAILING. My back rounds, leg slips and release gets short. I am used to a jumper who used to take HUGE flying leaps over anything and the best strategy I had for her was heels way down and big releases. Someone commented recently that king would make a great hunter because he always has a nice even gait up to the jump, a very pretty jump and then an even canter away.
I ride western, and I know nothing about jumping as a sport. But I also think your sitting a bit forward (even though you make it look beautiful- and I love the smile!). I can't help tho. For some reason when I think of jumping my horse (and all we've done is ditches....) I can't put into words what my body is doing. I don't know if it would be helpful to you either. I think I do lean forward, but my butt is still center of saddle. Hard to explain, and I am not a professional, but I'm just trying to help.... If you reposted this in a new thread, I would like to see the answers. You both are beautiful, and photogenic, lol!
You are jumping ahead a bit
From what I can see, the jump isn't large enough for such an exaggerated upper body movement. You would probably be absolutely fine in just a half seat, and giving a release over the jump.
I love how happy you look!
You are too far forward and leaning on his neck. This also caused him to jump rather unbalanced as his knees could tuck up even more and his hind legs are off set. Really try and wait for him to jump before you do as it will help him as well as yourself since he is still learning.