This is my 5 year old OTTB in our lesson yesterday. Thanks in advance!
I think you leg is getting far back and you are arching you back to much. Besides that I love these pictures! Looks like you are a great team and having alot of fun! Looks like he is a smooth nice big mover!
Haha yeah, I haven't jumping anything over 2'6 in... over 3 years. My event horse I was going training on had to be retired from jumping. So i took about a year off, then got Derby, I've had him since he was 3 and he didnt know much.well I havent been able to jump for about a year now cause I baught a very young Green horse so I am sure I will look worse then you and be saying I want to be like her when I start back up at it!
The jumps are probably between 1ft to 2'3". I'm actually not trying to set his head/force it by having my hands wide. It doesn't take much to get him in a frame. He is very soft. I think the main reason I ride with my hands far apart is I feel like im... being softer and gentler with him and i can be more giving i guess. I know it's not correct, and I will definately work on it. I haven't had an actual dressage lesson in a while, but I think I am going to start back with those soon! I stopped taking lessons with my dressage trainer when he started having a little jumping issue and focused my time and money on my jumping trainer. She is a great dressage trainer too, but I don't take striaght dressage lessons with her, its just a little bit of dressage warm-up before jumping.How high are those jumps? The horse looks beautiful. I would only say (on the flat) that your hands are way to far apart. I really thought you were trying to set his head.
Thanks! I'll work on that, and I'll also try to get some pictures of me in my dressage saddle instead of my jump saddle. Trotting in half seat is my worst enemy. haha. It is sooooo painful. But i guess i'll suck it up because I know it'll help me in the long run!Sometimes wide hands is necessary with younger horses. They're like training wheels. It gives the horse more clear communication. They are very useful, but as he gets better to responding to your seat aids, start weaning him off them or else he will become dependent on them and only them for direction...hence heavy on forehand, mouthy horse.
As far as positon, your entire body is pitched forward a bit and it directly plays into how your horse moves. Look at the 6th picture and compare your forward slouched shoulders to his shoulders. You're both heavy on your forehands! You already know about your pinching knees. Get that lower leg forward and perpendicular to the ground and trot around in half seat until your thighs burn off your legs. It works great!
Pretty horse, but then I'm a sucker for TB's.