Gymnastic exercises to keep the jumper "compacted"
Turning to the eventing peeps again for a well rounded perspective, since you ride a variety of different breeds and cross breds. (I had last posted concerning dressage training for the TB and I had alot of great input from many of you.)
A friend has a young jumper that is doing nicely in his training except for the fact that once he is out on a large course he tends to lenghthen his frame and no longer wants to come back to the hand or under himself when preparing for another jump.
I'd probably break down the course work a bit more than traditional Gymnastics. So jump a line and circle until the canter is back where it should be, jump, circle again...and after the last fence...again circling until you have a canter that they could jump another fence again. Sounds like he just needs more rideability....So break up the courses for now....and keep working on his flat work because this hole really has nothing to do with jumping (but everything to do with his dressage)!!!
** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **
I have a boy who likes to get a bit long in front and behind the jump so we have been putting poles 9' in front and behind the jumps. When he that exercise we move the pole in to 8' and that is making a difference!!!
Having your horse listening to half halts, which comes from a lot of dressage work, so that he is working like an accordian at the canter (adjustiblity from forward from the seat and leg, to more collected, back to forward or transitions within the canter), will help the rider keep the horse steady between fences.
Once the horse has a quality canter/rhythm, then he can maintain it better when jumps are in the way.