Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
You have a loose lower leg. The two most common causes are pinching too much with your knees, which pulls the lower leg off the horse's sides. This allows the lower leg to slide back as you pivot on your knees.
Also, you may be using your crest release as a way of counterbalancing your upper body going forward. This makes a secure lower leg less important as you are not using your lower leg as a counterbalance. This makes the leg slide back.
Keep more contact with the inside (not the back of) your upper calf area. As you go forward with your upper body, open the knee angle so that the lower leg stays at the girth. Practise at the walk.....go into your jumping position and try to maintain it with your arms out like an airplane. Shift your lower leg forward until you can maintain the upper body position without the prop of the crest release.
Also, I wouldn't trot your horse so close to the fence and then let her canter the jump. This can encourage a horse to learn to rush the jumps. Either trot all the way to the jump and jump out of a trot stride, or canter a longer distance and jump out of a canter stride. Just my opinion after having to retrain many horses who were jumped the way you are jumping.
Other than that, really nice horse and rider combination. You two can go a long way!