Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Wren - yes, you are jumping ahead alot in the pictures, but that's ok. Like you said, without the pics, you would never know what you are doing incorrectly. Heck, I go back to my pictures to studdy my "form" so I can make a mental picture in my head so that when I am back out on the course, I can remember how NOT to ride.
What I have learnt by riding with a CIC*** and CCI*** rider on a monthly basis, who just got scouted by David O'Connor himself - is that you have to envision your body as an accordian that is being closed while over a fence.
What you are doing - is opening yourself, instead of closing yourself. Your ankles, knees, and hips are the folds in that accordian, and when you are at the point of take off - tell yourself, "Close myself"
So when you are at the point of take off - close yourself. Open your legs, allow your heels to absorb your bodies weight. Close your knee's instead of opening them...and close your hips instead of opening them. Remember - accordian.
I hope that helps :)