Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
You look like a very able rider.
I do see one of the most common problems here, though. You are grabbing with your knees. When you do this, it makes it almost impossible to wrap your lower leg around the horse's barrel. As a result of the lower leg being off the horse, you have pivoted on the knee...lower leg slips back and upper body topples forward. Some of the photos show you depending on your crest release to prop your upper body up. Other photos show much less of that, and look much better.
You really need to keep your lower leg at the girth when jumping. Allowing it to slip so far back makes for a very unstable position. If your horse were to put on the brakes before a jump, you would fall way forward, possibly falling.
How to help fix it? I say put yourself into your jumping position. Then, staying forward, take your hands off the horse's neck. Can you maintain that position? If you are having trouble, move your lower leg forward until you can. You will feel a REAL stretch in the backs of your legs. Until you can maintain your jumping position at walk trot and canter with no hands, you will have problems. To keep the inside of your lower leg on the horse's sides, you will have to relax your knees in the saddle.