Horse is "deer leaping" jumps
I'm looking for ideas to improve my gelding's jumping technique. We approach with a good quality canter and the distance is looking great, he's "locked on" and taking me to the jump, then he throws in a chip, drops his head and does a deer leap where all 4 feet come off the ground simultaneously. It's almost like he doesn't see the fence until he's right on top of it with how he drops his head and considers stopping, but he absolutely sees it from a distance and is often dragging me to it.
I've tried adding placing poles approx. 3ft out from the fence so he has an idea of when to leave the ground, but it seems like he's stepping over the pole and then scrambling over it. I could add more poles in front of the fence, bu being limited on poles I prefer having them for more fences. Trotting fences also leads to scrambling over it.
He's a absolutely phenomenal jumper when he isn't chipping. But it seems to have become a habit as I've become more mindful of my position. Almost as if without me jumping ahead he doesn't know when he should be taking off?