08-31-2013, 01:57 PM
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Here's what I see:
- you're pinching with your knee, and using that as a pivot to balance off of, which has caused your heel to come up and your seat to pop out of the saddle. You have to relax your knee and instead find your balance through your seat and calf. You want contact through your calf - think about trying to touch your inner ankle bones (not heels) together through the horse. Sunk your weight down and around, like you're lifting your horse's stomach up with your legs. You don't want your knees floppy, but you don't want them pinching the saddle either. Visualize a baby bird between your knee and the saddle. You want to keep the baby bird there, but not squish it.
- you're too ahead of the motion. For an obstacle this size, you don't really need to two point or close your hips much, you can let the horse do that action for you. You want your shoulders in line with your hip and heel. In most of these pictures, your shoulder is much further ahead than your hip and heel. Sit up, open your chest, shoulders level. If your horse stopped, or played after a fence, you'd be a lawn dart.
- floater hands. Especially in the takeoff pics, you're pulling the reins back towards your body, then you have no release over the jump. You're trying to hollow the motion of the jump with your hands - you need to learn how to release instead. If it makes it easier, use an extra stirrup leather around your horse's neck as a grab strap.
Look at the picture "JMPN4" - you're completely squished up from top and bottom and through your arms. Kind of a horsey fetal position - haha! We have all been here and we all have things to improve. I'm still kicking my own ass over my crap lesson on Thursday. Anyways - to improve this picture: drop your leg down and around, loosen up that knee, heels down. Stretch up through your body, let the horse come up to you. You're waaaaay too far ahead of the motion. If you took away the horse in this pic, you'd topple forwards onto your face. Let your horse have some release to stretch his neck to jump. You've brought your elbow back and have offered him nowhere to go with his neck.
Is there a reason you need a guide pole on the side?
I do love that you're looking ahead and have an expression that says "I love this!" - that speaks volumes.
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