I have that tan pair in black as well. Someone in the critique section mentioned that the crotch was... long? I have to hike them up my middle like mom jeans to make sure there isn't extra fabric but they otherwise fit me well (Cant remember the size. Im about 5'5, 150lbs and a size 8 pants). I would gladly give you as much money as I could come up with, that's so generous of you! |
I am more than happy to help. You know, I have been given MANY a thing throughout my days of riding, and many by complete strangers. I've been given saddles, winter blankets, pads, riding clothes, expensive show boots, anything you can think of, I've been given - and I believe "What goes around comes around" and I firmly believe in "Pay It Forward" so I am more than happy to give you what I don't use.
I am not sure of the sizes, some are 34's and the Show Coat is a 12. I have grey breeches that I never wear, I have tons of white breeches where I only use 2 out of the lot. I have a couple of show blouses I don't use, and I have a bunch of riding tights that are going to waste. I'll go through them. I don't know what shipping will be. But shoot me your address and I'll see what I can do.
Like I mentioned when I go over the 'bigger' jumps (2'6 or 2'9) I tend to get popped out of the saddle the first time or so. Do I fix this by just practicing over jumps of that size? I'm usually okay after I get 2 or 3 jumps under my belt, but the first one always catches me off gaurd because I tend to jump smaller and in my comfort zone?
Practice makes perfect! Work on your two point, not to "perfect" your position, but to help you solidify yourself. Do the work my Coach has me do, and teach yourself/memorize where you have to be, over your horse to beable to remain with him.
So, when in your saddle, get your leg under you, get your bodies weight absorbed into your heel. Toes out a bit, calf around your horse. Get your seat slightly out of the tack, just enough where you can slide a hand under your butt, open your chest, low hand carraige where your arms are flowing with your horses motion, tall upper body where it is just slightly ahead of the verticle and learn to just go with your horse.
Now, I don't have phenominal equitation, and when I watched this video over and over and over, I cringed and moaned and thought how horrible I look...but you know what, I stayed over my horse, I stayed out of his way and we got the job done. So what if my lower leg flung back, big deal. At BN and N, so what.
Watch me, on approach to fence 4. See my 2 point position at 0:58, and see how Nelson took a big spot, but I remained with him! That's the important key factor. Staying with your horse, and out of their way.
What is happening, is you are getting left behind and that's why you are getting this "popped" out feeling. Just work on that 2 point I explained and work on staying with his motion.
Right now, with Stadium, my Coach is having me go over smaller fences. X rails pretty much, to learn to just leave Nelson alone. I got into the habit of micromanaging every stride, and I ended up with a very bad habit of holding him 5 strides in, instead of releasing him 5 strides out. So, my Coach has me just staying in that 2 point, over his center, just staying with his motion, and letting go of him 5 strides out and leaving him alone.
It's because I get so scared, I tense up and hold him instead of just having fun and going with the flow of things. So that's why she also threw in that "Theme Song" for me, to help me relax.
It is working great, and once I get the groove of things, we'll bump the fences up, and bump them up, and bump them up until I get back to 2'11.
So, go back to the small stuff for now, the comfort zone, and get that nack of staying over your horse, functional 2 point and staying out of his way. Until it is 2nd nature - then bump them up. Stay at that height, until you get it. Doesn't have to be perfect, but until you are comfortable with it, and that height becomes your comfort zone. Then bump them up, and repeat process until you get to the height you need to be, for competition.
DON'T STIFFEN UP! RELAX and BREATHE! That's what I do, I tense up, lock up and Nelson braces against me, and we end up fighting between the fences, instead of working together. It's because of my fear, so it's an every day, working process.
FAKE IT! UNTIL YOU MAKE IT! :)