We had a jump lesson on Saturday morning. As per his usual, Cuna was awesome and I got myself sorted out. We worked on cantering up to oxers (bigger than I would like) and staying balanced together, which is something Steph's told me I need to work on, but um... hello, those jumps are giant.
The specific exercise was to have a pole two strides out. Then we moved it to three strides out. I had to make any and all changes before getting to the pole and then just ride steady and let him do his job. The overall goal was to begin teaching my eye what three strides looks like while encouraging him to get to the base of the fence.
On top of that, there was a cavaletti set after the fence to encourage him to place down and jump round instead of just flatten out and go for it.
Sound confusing? Good news!! I have video.
I was nervous--the rounds on video are over 3' oxers and we were getting close to them, eek! That said, Cuna was super and the fact that I did not at any point feeling like dying is excellent news.
I did make it a point to keep my hands up and together, and in the first video, you can see a lovely downward transition to trot. :D