I just switched to a new barn and have been assigned a horse that I will be riding in lessons for probably several months. I only have ridden him once and am still trying to figure him out. He's the type of horse that you need to set up exactly right for the jump or he'll run out. If I set him up so he takes off at the perfect spot, he is an awesome jumper. However, I only get lucky about half the time.
The other half of the time, we'll end up too far away or too close, and he will run out. I'm not asking for advice on how to keep him from running out. I feel like I'm messing him up when I don't put him in a good spot, and I want to help him by giving him the best possible chance at jumping well, if that makes sense.
My instructor was trying to tell me to give a feel down the reins as we approach, but even doing that I still have trouble seeing the right spot.
Does anybody else have this problem? I'd like any advice you all can give me on how to get him to that perfect take-off spot. All help is appreciated. =] Thanks in advance!