(Look at him soar through that standard!)
So I began doing some more the Google searches to study how other riders get the most out of their jumps. What I can observe is a culmination of subtle but necessary posture developments. It's not the kind of thing that emerges overnight [challenge accepted] but takes years of careful training. I guess that's why horse lessons cost money? Anyway, see if you can also find what I saw in these photos that was so illuminating about the process of jumping. (Hint: it's subtler than you'd think.)
(This one is obscured by angles)
(This horse is probably R. Kelly)
(LOL j/k this one is a poodle)
The answer is this: they're all leaning forward! All those riders are like way over the horse's neck. That's the secret! To jump high and fast, you need to lean forward. Try it. I'm not at the jumping stage yet, but it's never to early to get started, right? So for your edification, and in anticipation of one day jumping myself, I tried it out:
YES PEOPLE. This is the look you want to go for when jumping. Make sure your trainer knows. (You can never be too sure if they've done extensive the Google searching like I have.) Good luck on your next jumps!