Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Otorohanga, New Zealand
• Horses: 0
I think your basic position you have is a very good one. 90% of the time you leg is perfectly placed - Though you foot is a little bit too far in the stirrup, the lower you can get you heel down, the more impact it absorbs. Your seat is nice and close to the saddle. But watch your don't get left behind, you don't seem to, but its a pre caution.
Your back is nice and straight too, make sure you don't look down though - In all disciplines, you should be looking up and in the direction of where you need to go on landing. Looking down tends to cause riders to lean forward with the shoulders, round the back, and wind up in a precarious position. The head should also not be tilted to one side, as this changes the rider's lateral balance and places more weight on one side. Making for a more difficult landing, for both horse and rider. Your release is fine. And depending on your horse (wether she is speedy, lazy etc) you may need more release, it look as though your horse like s to have her head over the jump, but if she's the type to get quick on the landing and race off then the amount of rein allowed is fine =]
You say this is your first time XC right? Well I think extra care in the right gear is of utter most importance, but I would like to see much more protection on the legs, the boots on the front only offer minimal protection, and definitely invest in some back boots. Bell boots too are a good pre caution. I one for never riding cross country with out a breastplate either, althoughyou saddle may not slip. Again its another good idea. And protection under you horses back, I always ride with two saddle blankets and a sheep skin half pad. Or I ride in a "puffa Pad"
Overall anyway you look good =]