This is causing me considerable anguish so please be gentle, folks....
Yesterday my 'big boss' trainer (who is being a bit odd with me at the moment) informed in passing and quite unkindly of some facts: I 'brake' too much when jumping a course, my reactions aren't fast enough and I'm not doing enough to 'direct' my horse.
Actually over the jump isn't a problem, I 'give' OK, but where my horse does very occasionally run out, it is my fault.
I am totally ready to accept this but what she DIDN"T tell me was what I can do about it.
I think the problem has arisen because he goes faster and faster and flatter and flatter and I have spent quite a long time being told to 'bring him back'. Clearly, I have developed the appalling habit of yanking on his mouth all the time and I'm not sure how to undo this.
Direction wise, the one thing she did tell me was to put his flash back on, but she is also complaining that I don't DO anything fast enough when he runs out. The trouble is I do DO something as fast I can a) feel it and b) can send a message to my brain! I'm not spring chicken (rising 53) so do I just accept that oldies are simply slower? Or is there some exercise I can do to improve reaction time or some early warning signal I am missing?
He doesn't run out/refuse very often and sometimes it is because I have put him at the jump wrong, chosen a bad angle etc.
There seems no suggestion that I am this cr@p doing anything else, it is just the jumping. I don't want to give it up entirely as I really enjoy TREC and there are always a couple of logs/hedges. Advice gratefully received as I sure as hell am not getting any from my trainer at the moment.