Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
If I were to offer critique at this stage of your training it would be to not have your hands so wide. Bring them together so that they are around 4-6 inches apart. Also, I would work on getting the horse more responsive to your leg so that you don't have to drop all of your contact to give the horse a smack with the crop before the jump.
While doing flat work, carry a longer dressage whip. Apply your leg in a small squeeze. If the horse ignores (and he likely will) squeeze harder (don't kick). If he ignores that, give him a smart tap with the whip behind your leg. When he reacts to that, give him LOTS of praise. Keep doing that and you will see him start to react sooner, to avoid the tap AND to get praised.
You should never have to KICK to get the horse to move off of your leg. He needs to learn to listen and respect.
I like that you are doing a crest release over the jump. As a result, you don't get in the horse's mouth over the jump. Your next lesson is to be able to transition from the crest release to keeping a consistent contact after the jump.