Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Anways - focus on riding your horses rhythm to the base of the fence. Don't look at the fence *as my coach says ride your horse, not the fence* the moment I look at the fence, I jump ahead - because I've then focused on racing to the fence, instead of allowing it to come to me.
Your job is to get him to the base, and stay out of his way, while aiding him. His job, is the rest.
Your toes are also pointing outwards - so you are using the back of your calf, instead of the inner side of your calf - again, work on wrapping your leg around the girth *you are around your horse, not just ontop*]
Your hip angle, is very closed - remember, your horse is supposed to close the angle for you, not the other way around. Work on sitting, tall upper body *just ahead of the verticle* and allowing your horses motion to lift you out of your tack, and close the angle for you.
Your seat, should be over the center of your saddle - as Dorothy Crowell told me at a clinic I rode with her *she trains under Jim Wofford* "Push your Toosh back, push your ta'ta's out* lol.
Your horse has a lovely, powerful jump - and I understand it is hard to ride the motino when your horse takes off long and powerful. Been there, done that.
Remember - ride your horse to the base, wait for horses motion to lift you and close the angle, and remain supportive through seat, lower leg.
I love that you are looking up and ahead :) :) :) And you have a lovely strait back.
What I would recommend, is start buying Practicle Horseman - and read George Morris's critique Columns...you will learn allot from him :) :) :)