Don't rush anything. Take your time and start small. Work up to real fences, begin with cavalleti and trot poles to establish the rhythm of the horse lifting itself over an obstacle. You just need to get in the flow of jumping, so just take it slow and have fun!
Wait for your horse to jump to you. But at the same time make sure your reigns are on his neck and your heels are down. Your two point shouldn't be just as the horse is lifting himself over the jump and up to you body (he comes to you) until he lands if that makes sense
I find it important to remember to let the horse jump up to YOU. If you start over thinking about when to go up into two point you risk developing a habit of ducking and leaning on the neck. A half seat a few strides before the fence can help if you feel the need to get out of the saddle a bit beforehand.
We always counted, it's a repetitive 1,2 count, and then when the jump disappears between the horses ears you look up and that's when you go 1,2,3 if that makes sense. Every stride besides the take off stride is 1,2 and the take off stride is 1,2,3 but I'd definitely suggest a lesson if you're not already taking them.
Hi Sharon, My opinion is if you haven't jumped since a long time you should take a lesson with a riding instructor to be sure you do the right movements ! The sensations come back pretty quickly so don't be worry and enjoy even if your position is not perfect ! 😊
Your horse will throw you up when he/she goes over. It's your job to make sure to not pull on their mouths, get into two-point and let them jump. A way to get into jumping is to start small again then work your way up. Do two point over poles and small x-rails.