I posted under English riding about my not so good first 2 shows over jumps, if you want my story.
Anyway, can I please have more help on how to learn to see the spot and count strides? I have the suggestions to do 2 canter poles and also canter circles over a pole. And LOVE the idea of feeling for hind end rather than front.
Here is my situation: We are not allowed to jump anything bigger than a pole when the trainer is not there, and that is pretty much only when I'm in a lesson right now.
Our ring has an 8 course set of fences and several poles I can move around. I don't have a giant tape measure to set up exact canter poles. One day I set up poles exactly even with the jumps (they are set for a loooong 4, regular 5 or collected 6 strides), but a friend said I wouldn't get exact canter strides with that becuase the horse was not jumping in, only cantering. He WILL jump a canter pole sometimes, but not consistently.
Please can you give me exact ideas of exercises to do? I'm not going to do any more jumping in shows until I have a better handle on the whole stride and spot thing. I mean I think I have an instinct for it, but it's not conscious.