Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
You have a very cute pony! And you also have a very brave pony who clearly loves his job and loves to please you.
The first thing I see, is that you have no security in your lower leg at all. You have lost your lower leg in every picture - so I ask why? Lets look at what is causing the problem -
First, your knees. You are gripping with your knees for a base of security while over fences, instead of relying in your lower leg *inner calf and heels*. This is a very common error in riders, when they aren't being taught correctly by their coaches.
Secondly, your heels. You are not allowing them to do their job. What is their job? They must be allowed to anchor you into your tack. They need to beable to weight you down and support you.
Ok so how can we fix this? Firstly - you need to replace your irons. They are too far back on your foot, they need to be under the balls of your feet instead. The outside bar needs to be at your pinky toe, and the inside bar needs to be at the knuckly of your big toe.
Now, your heels can do their job, which is anchor you. But they cannot do that, until you open your knees, and re-adjust your leg.
You need to get your leg at your girth, and you need to use the inside of your calf and lock it there. Open your knees off your saddle and allow your legs to be wrapped around your horses girth - your legs must be wrapped around your horses girth.
Now, allow the weight of your upper body, to flow down through your back, seat, thighs, lower leg - to enter and sink into your heels.
Now - you have an effective lower leg. Do not allow your legs to leave that girth, do not allow your knees to pinch.
The moment you pinch your knees, you have blocked that natural weight flow, and you stop your lower leg from doing its job. You must not allow that to happen.
When you fix your lower leg, then you can move onto what else is going on.
You're jumping ahead. See how much space is between your seat and your saddle? See how your crotch is over the pommel of your saddle? That is also another huge common fault in riders, which is called jumping ahead.
Because you are not allowing your lower leg to do its' job - the rest of your body cannot as well. Ripple effect.
You are anticipating the fence. You are riding the fence, and not your pony. You need to focus on what is under you, instead of what is ahead of you. Learn to ride your horses rhtym, learn to get your legs around his girth and learn to sit and wait for your pony to do his job.
You cannot jump that fence for him, that is his job. Your job is to get him to the base of the fence solidly, safely, rhythmically. Allow him to do his job.
Looks like you guys are having fun, which is wonderful to see.