Here are the specific concepts that I am working on right now:
- Looking at the fence, rather than beyond it or off to the side. See this Jimmy Wofford article.
- Picking up myself and my horse immediately after the jump. Shorten my reins and demand instant re-balance.
- Do not allow Spirit's right shoulder to fall in (tracking right/2nd direction), nor let it pop out (tracking left/1st direction) or let her over-bend her neck to the left.
- When I shift her body, do so with my calf not my heel. Squeeze, don't kick. Keep my heels down even when moving her body.
- Keep her neck straight on approach to jumps. (This is a little intense at first - I'm looking at her neck instead of where I'm going, and I'm using my legs on her right before the jump, which she likes to interpret as GO-GO-GO!)
We've got just over 1 week until our XC schooling, so we need to get down to business and practice, practice, practice! Two more jumping lessons scheduled for next week, so more progress soon!
On another note, my very good friend is getting her new horse today! It's a lease-to-buy (a very gracious 1-month trial period) and I am so excited for her! Hooray for taking chances and getting a new companion! I'm hoping that our horses will become best friends and love each other...so far so good! Here's some pictures: