So during May and June I half leased an OTTB who has been doing English for 3 years and is owned by a younger girl. The owner lets him get away with being behind the leg and she trots him to every jump, so he has gotten into the habit of having to overcompensate and overjump everything.
The way he jumps is kind of choppy: you get a good trot approach to the jump and he pops up over it, not very smooth at all. He also lacks a lot of pace to a jump, which has made me feel like I need to throw myself at the jump to get him over and over exaggerate my two point. Bad, bad, bad habit.
The horse has been lame for nearly 3 weeks but is finally better but I won't be jumping him anymore and I am switching barns. At my new barn, I rode a horse with much more pace to the jumps and it was absolutely fantastic.
Anyways, the problem: I am still jumping ahead and falling on my horse's neck when I jump and in some videos from a while ago I'm not really releasing at all. My lower leg is sliding back but I am kind of 'squatting' in the saddle so it just looks horrible. Hands not releasing, leg sliding back, jumping ahead, the whole shebang.
What can I do to improve on some of this? Definitely going to talk it over with my new trainer at my lesson this weekend. Any tips to help the jumping ahead (problem I've had for a while), keeping my leg at the girth, and the like would be extremely helpful and appreciated.