Since show season is over, it's time to work our butts off this winter. Right now, I'm taking a private lesson once a week, and hacking about four times a week.
In our lessons, as far as jumping goes, I'm working on staying off of his back (I'm starting to pick up that splendid habit again where I sit back too early) leg still, and give a bigger release. With my horse, we're working on keeping a steady forward pace, not rushing or backing off as we approach the jump, and getting my horse to jump better. At the beginning of the jumping part of our lesson we usually do bounces without reins or stirrups, then we do lines with a VERY collected canter, and then towards the end my trainer will set up some jumps anywhere from 2'9 to 3'3. My horse tucks his legs better over the big jumps and he is really trying, but we still aren't quite doing it right. We have always worked on this, but with my old trainer it would only be on and off. With my new, wonderful, trainer, we are working on this consistently.
In my last lesson, after one of the jumps he was really landing hard, so we made it an oxer and that fixed that problem Oh and that REALLY got his legs tucked. My trainer said he just ins't one of those horses that is going to over exaggerate the leg tucking because he could care less what the jumps look like, but he will pull his legs in tight once the jumps get higher. I'm thinking that after a lot of bounces, gymnastics, and really focusing on this, it should help. What do you think? Also, after I can get out of the habit of short realeases and sitting up early that should help A LOT. In my lessons we are working on what we can, but I was wondering if there was anything I could do to help this on the flat when I just hack. As far as I go, I know I need to do lots of no stirrup work, and maybe as far as my horse goes work on nice forward movements? I don't know if I can really help this without jumping, but if you know of anything feel free to share! And any jumping exercises that will help him tuck his legs and round his jump better? And what can I be sure to do while approaching the jump?
Sorry this was so long, didn't want to leave anything out! Thanks so much!