Hi, I'm wondering if anybody of you have met with the same problem as me since me and my trainer are totally desperate about this. My horse is 10 years old and I've owned him for 2 years now.
Before I bought him, he used to jump 110cm competition, but he had a quite aggressive rider before and I'm a small woman... so we start with re-trainig by working on the flat, include trotting poles and jump a small cross-pole etc. Every little or bigger problem was solved with the time needed, and now my horse is perfect and riding "by himself" (no need for full hands or strong legs).
However, we found out that my horse has serious problem with his jumping technique. When I'm approaching a jump his hind legs never come closer to a jump. Before take off he leaves his hind legs far from a jump and doesn't know how to put them under him and just after that take off. This problem is noticeable mainly when I'm jumping higher and wider oxer.
We were wondering if a horse can be born with this bad technique or the reason is previous strong riding with regular smashes to horse's mouth after almost every jump. However, we tried jumping without hands and it was ever worse. He has every other predisposition for jumping and even much higher competition. Please help if you have any advice. Thanks for anything!