Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
I like your position. Your seat is back and centered nicely over the saddle. You seem to be staying with the horse's motion quite well. You lower leg does slip back a bit (doesn't ALL of ours do that from time to time?), but it is not to the point of really destabilizing your position. Just be careful as you may be grabbing just a bit with your knees. Keep a tad bit more contact with the upper portion of the inside of your calf.
As for the release....I don't mind a release where you are pressing into the top of the crest too much in stadium, but it is to be avoided on XC. You need to be able to allow more freedom to the horse, quickly, than that will allow. Try moving your hands to the sides of the crest instead. That way if the horse needs more release, you are able to give it. You are a very good rider and are ready to move to a more auto type release.
You have a nice scopey horse. However, he is not too tidy with his front end. I would do more gymnastic grids with two to three bounces incorporated to encourage him to learn to snap those knees a bit more.
Other than those nit-pickey observations, you guys look like a screaming nice team. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of updates from you.