Question # 318: My horse and I are continuing on in training and he has really become much more balanced over all in the show jumping. Before he used to land and have such a large canter stride that it seemed like most of my focus was...
...getting him re-balanced between the fences. My coach is now wanting me to carry a bit more pace throughout the show jumping in preparation for moving up to Prelim in the future and I am having a hard time figuring out the balance of covering more ground, trying not to always pick at him and wait for the shorter spot and yet having him balanced enough so that we don't take down a pole. (Susanne)
First of all, how exciting that you are getting ready to move up to Prelim! Woot woot!! But I do know exactly what you are talking about... the faster you need to go, the harder it can be to keep that canter well packaged.
This can be especially true with a horse like yours, who tends to push really hard with his hind legs! The key will be to teach him how to... (Click on Question Title above (in blue) to read full answer)