We definitely have a bit of a flirtation with the long spot sometimes, but I've gotten a lot better at seeing a better distance up to the base so it's not as often that we take off long compared to a few weeks ago. I've give Mogie a few heart attacks before. Ace also sometimes favors the long spot, which can lead to some...rather ridiculous take-off spots. For the most part, at least, when that happens we're usually on the same page, which is better than me trying to ride him backwards to the base, in my opinion.
I have been told I have a bit of a hunter butt sometimes, lol. I never feel like I'm as far out of the saddle as I look to be in pictures, and I do have really long legs, so I don't know if that's a contributing factor to my butt being so out of the saddle.
As for my release, if I were catching him in the mouth he wouldn't keep jumping the jumps, haha. He keeps me on my toes and makes sure I'm riding him well, adequately at least. I have really long arms and try to ride him on a bit of a looser rein. I would like to do more of an auto-release and occasionally I do, but I'll just have to keep that in mind when I'm jumping.
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