Before I got my own horse, I took at least 20 falls off school horses relating to jumping, and went from jumping 3'3 to tensing up at 2'3. When I got my horse I took a fall off of him cross country and got a very bad concussion, then ditched jumping all together and stuck to dressage.
Well guess who's back into jumping
It started when some low cross rails were set up in the smaller out door arena in a line. I was riding bareback and trotted through the line 5 or 6 times. I fell back in love.
Due to owning a dressage saddle I've been jumping bareback mostly, but I did do it in my dressage saddle today in my lesson. On Friday I jumped 2'6 bareback and it was amazing. Today I did a few fences between 2'3-2'6. It was great.
But I need advice on one thing. My horse is a big guy, he can trot up to a fence any size and jump it from a nice collected trot, it's so great. He also NEVER refuses any fence, he truly enjoys to jump. Our one problem comes from outside the trot, it comes when we pick up a canter.
When I canter my boy to a fence, it's almost like he over estimates the jump, he takes off REALLY early [which I go with fine cause I'm used to it, but it's a little scary] I would be fine just trotting him all the time but with combination fences or competitions it's nicer to canter. How can I teach him to collect a little more at the canter before the fence and put in one more stride before rocket launching over?