Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
How is your flatwork? Can you lengthen or shorten his strides? Do you work at extending and collection within gaits?
Hunters/Jumpers (the riders, that is) sometimes hate to work on the "Dressag-y" work, but it makes everything easier. Your horse is more athletic, more compliant, easier to ride and gives his more confidence.
I would stop jumping for awhile, and work on the flat. Then, jump poles on the ground to train your eye before you go over obstacles. PLEASE make sure that the poles are secured so your horse doesn't accidentally step on one and have it roll underneath. Using cavaletti, or putting 4 rocks or bricks, two on each end, and on both sides of the pole, will keep them in place. Also, if your stable has those plastic blocks that hold poles, those work great for this.