Okay so Tia has been doing really well with her jumping, but ever since I started her I have noticed that when she takes a long take-off spot, she has the strangest form upon landing off of the jump. She unfolds her front legs too early (sometimes before her back legs have even left the ground) and therefore has to unfold her back legs early as well. She normally leaves the jumps up, even when she jumps like this, but its the strangest thing to look at. I realize that since she really only does this when she takes a long spot, that the best way to fix it would be to help her see "the box" in which she needs to be taking off in. I just cant remember the correct exercises for helping that. We already have a ground-line in front of the jump, and I'm sure that ground poles set at certain strides before the jump would be helpful. Also figured that tight bounces (vertical to an oxer type bounces) or lines with ground poles set in between jumps, would help her with not only learning to see a take-off spot, but learning to fix herself in a short period of time. So I have attached pictures of her while she is unfolding her front legs too early...and am asking the following:
1. Have you ever seen a horse do this before?
& 2. What can I do to fix it? (Other than what I have mentioned above)
If anyone wants to suggest exercises for her, that would be great. Also it should be known that as of now I am not able to ride her any faster than a trot, and jumping in not allowed for me right now either (7 months pregnant) So she is stuck with lunging over jumps (which sucks cause I could help her find her take-off spot) Anyway, help is always welcome.
Pictures of the odd form:
Strange Right? Here is a picture of her normal form over jumps (when she doesn't take a long spot)