How to time your striding towards a jump? help?
So we're retiring Cheyenne in September and I'm moving up to a new horse. He's much different...instead of an old, expirienced quarter pony, I'm going to a young, inexpirienced Arabian. Big difference! Maverick's a 6 year old Arabian gelding; 15hh. He's a good horse but he needs a lot of work.
So I've been working with him a bit and VERY quickly found out that he's an incredible jumper! So I've been jumping him and his owner and I want me to compete in show jumping with him once I get him going well.
He gets over the jumps with enough room to spare, tucks up his legs and keeps his head in a good position without throwing it over a jump. Our main issue right now is the timing. He doesn't know how to time his strides to go towards a jump and neither do I. This is always a problem. No matter if we're too far away or too close to the jump, he always makes it over anyway, but it always causes problems when we go over a grid.
Usually we time it well or he'll jump too close to the jump. He doesn't often take a leap too far away.
But anyway, how do you time strides to a jump? How do you know when to collect him and make his strides shorter or tell him to extend his trot or canter so that he'll go over the jump at a good position? Help please!!