So I'm trying to fix my habit of jumping ahead and am sitting deep and tall approaching the fences, which does the trick as far as waiting goes. And I keep getting left behind... Are there any exercises that you guys would recommend? (Besides lessons, I will be getting lessons.) I know what I want myself to look like in my head, but just getting it in the split second that we're in the air is super hard. We're only jumping things under 2 feet right now since we're not taking jump lessons at the moment. Sometimes I feel like I don't have time to set myself up. We're only trotting the jumps, and we're working on a nice steady pace.
Also, I only jump him once a week, but am thinking I need to practice some two-point in the walk, trot, canter, just for strengthening purposes. So I'm definitely going to start doing that. But anything else? Even over the little stuff Zu has a powerful jump. So maybe that's it? I've also been trying to work on cuing him when to jump. If left to his own devices he'll take off long. The sitting tall, half-halt before the jump, and waiting seems to help and I don't FEEL like we're taking off early, but I'm still getting left behind. Not terribly, I'm not slamming on his back or anything, I just kinda feel like a passenger over the jump rather than a rider. I'll have to get video. Maybe I just FEEL like I'm getting left behind because I was so used to jumping ahead? I have no idea, ha ha.
Help me? :/