So I've had my 8 year old gelding Sunny for a little over 2 years, and I bought him directly off the track and have been training him as a jumper since. Although I would still classify him as inexperienced as he still has quite a bit to learn. He knows what his job is. He is adjustable, lengthening, shortening, etc. But I seem to have encountered a slight issue, he's not very consistent with picking up his feet. He actually has quite a powerful jump but in the upward transition over the jump he sometimes has the tendency to round his front legs OUT and them pull them together over the top of the jump, and that's typically how he takes rails.
I have considered the fact that it could be rider issue, and I've consulted my trainer about this and what I've heard from her is that she doesn't see how that could be as I don't typically jump ahead. One issue we have addressed is that I would come back into the saddle too soon and he would take rails with his back feet as a result, but I've worked on it and haven't had that issue lately.
We have done grid work, I have jumped with the V facing poles. I do cavalleti and pole work probably once a week just to take him back and get him thinking about where his feet are yet he still just isn't careful with his feet yet he is perfectly capable of doing the height. He's just not as consistent or careful as I know he could be.
(I do work with a trainer, obviously, as I stated that above)
So if any of you could be of help to me, offer suggestions, exercises, etc. That would be great, thank you!
If you need any additional information or images just let me know. :)