Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
Yes on shortening the stirrups.
It is very hard to judge equitation on small jumps, like these, as they don't require much on the rider's part. That said, try to help your horse more. Take the time to trot after the fence and change leads, if he lands in the wrong lead. It will help the horse stay balanced and make better turns and better approaches to the fence. This helps both of you and will give you a better chance at having a better position.
I did see the beginning of someone starting to pivot on your knee, tipping forward more than flexing from the hip. let go with the knee and try to keep contact with the inside of your upper calf. This allows you to sink into your stirrups and wrap your leg around the horse giving you much more security.
It is a bit early for a course, IMO. I would have put you on one fence, maybe two, and have you learn how to cue your horse for landing on the correct lead, or do quick balanced simple changes before I gave you lots of turns. But then, that's me.......