Ok I have been jumping for about 10 years, most of it spent training young horses into jumpers after having spent a few years competiting successfully. I havent ridden with a trainer for about 3 years or so and I've spent all of those three years training young horses, which tends to make you ride a little more deffensively My mare is pretty good at jumping and is honest so I want to start showing her this year but I need to make sure my form is still in check hahaha.
Took me awhile to find a pic of my latest thing, I don't know how I developed this habit hahaha. I have been keeping my hands up, or out, or anywhere other than along the neck when my horse is fussing, or just not getting into the jump right, etc. Is this an ok thing, and if not what should I try to maybe make smooth yet quick transitions from fixing her to giving a solid crest release? (this is the most exagerated its ever been, but in some photos her mane blocks my hands a little so wanted to make sure you guys saw it lol, this ones terrible but most are just sort of hovering about an inch above her neck.)
Also some tips for when the horse over jumps, or does something unexpected. Heres a pic of my typical form when the horse gets in wrong etc. lol. I know its hard to practice what to do when things go wrong, but I don't want to hang in her mouth or anything either so didnt know if others had any sort of tips.