Ok I only get to ride my horse-to-be once a week in lessons so I thought I'd go ahead and get as much knowledge from ya'll in addition to my trainers advice. (Forgive me for my ignorance! :) ) Basically I'm just learning how to use body language and seat to cue and drive my horse, and I'm definitely starting to notice a difference when asking for flying lead changes, walk-canter transition, etc.
WELLLL. I graduated from the smaller crossrails and attempted to jump a small vertical (about 2ft on the smallest hole I suppose) at my last lesson, which wasn't pretty because I couldn't get Skipper, who absolutely LOVES jumping, to settle down and collect his canter. He rushed to the jump, took off way too soon, so I panicked and tried to jump for him, and WHAM face meets horses neck LOL
I suppose I need to know how to correctly collect the canter, because although I accomplished it going around the edge of the arena using my legs/seat to drive him higher and not more forward (if that makes any sense lol), I really feel like I was doing it wrong because the reins just felt way too short.
Does anyone have any tips on properly collecting the canter?
Also any tips on jumping verticals or calming down an extremellyyyyy enthusiastic jumper?