Needing Advice... jumping a pony over horse courses
So, I've devoted my life to my horse, he's my baby, and he is one of the most talented horses i've ever met. He's a thoroughbred/arabian/morgan and he is the perfect mix of quiet, energetic, and really athletic. We compete and train on large courses strided for large horses. He can jump the heights with ease. The problem is he is only 14.3 hands. The distances and spacing of the jumps are very large and sized for thoroughbreds and warmbloods. He has to stretch or shorten his striding. It's not a problem in dressage (obviously) or cross country, but on the show jumping course it can be difficult especially on bounces or combinations, to get safe and effective strides. For example, today we were jumping the in and out, so leading up to the first jump we got the perfect striding. In between he would put in a chip stride or do an early takeoff and clip the second jump. My trainer said I'm riding it right, but I want your opinion. Are there exercises we/I should do, or a certain way I should ride it? The problem is if he chip strides it wastes time, and makes the takeoff harder for him, and if he takes off too early, he could clip the next jump which could hurt him. He doesn't usually hit the jumps, but when he takes off early its wicked hard to ride lol. Thank you!
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