(some of the pictures where taken on diffrent day)
(I think my release was a little to much) what yall think?)
( I was lookin to the side :/)
So what do yall think, I took jumping lesson for about 2 yrs but I got out of it for awhile, & just started back not to long ago at home. So im trying to get back in shape lol. So anything yall see that I should work on? And any ideas on what would help he do so. Thank you!!
I think that you need to turn your toes in. The last photo he is twisting over the jump because you are putting more weight into one of your stirrups and looking to the side.It looks like he was a little off balance. I think your release is good, just take up the reins a little more. Also you are leaning forward a little too much. Try too keep your shoulders back, elbows bent, wrists supple and back straight. There should be an invisible line from your ear, shoulder, hips and heels. Keep that line straight and you will be sweeeet
Also, WOW your horses trot in the second pic! Man is that a nice lengthen!
I'll only comment on the first two pics as I'm not a jumper. :)
I would suggest raising your hands higher. There should be a straight line from the horse's bit, your hand and to your elbow. Do you see how that line is broken with your hands down? You look like you have slight "piano hands". Thumbs on top! This will allow you to be more forgiving with your hands, as well as allowing your elbows to come closer in to your sides. I do like that you have enough contact with the reins that you still have that straight rein, rather than having a loop in the rein.
Another thing I noticed is that you are leaning forward. Try sitting up straighter. You also appear to have your legs too far forward. Try keeping them underneath you more. Do you see how your body kinda makes a > shape? There should be a straight line from your shoulder, hip to heel - like in PintoTess' picture. Do you find in rising trot that you have to drag your hips forward and out of the saddle? If you sit with your body in that straight line, you should be able to just allow yourself to be pushed forward and up by the horse in rising trot. I find the best way for me to sit up straight is to imagine that I'm a top dressage rider (like Anky Van Grunsven, or Isabell Werth), or my coach tells me to imagine that I've got Pamela Anderson's boobs and I want to catch as many guys as possible so I need to show them off, haha. I like how you are looking up and don't drop your head down. :)
I do like that you have your heels down :) but they look in the first photo like they are forced down. Try turning your toes in more as well. When doing that, try not to roll your ankles outwards and put weight on your little toe as it becomes very painful. At the moment with your toes out like that, it appears that you are gripping with the back of your calf. I'll bet that when your put your leg aids on, you ask with your heel/squeeze strongly with your calf? What we want is a light squeeze from the inside of the legs (or a tap from your heels only if he doesn't respond to the squeeze). I would also suggest dropping your stirrups down a hole or two for flatwork (but I do understand that you had them up for jumping :) ).
I like your horse a lot - he looks like such a sweetie with a bit of character! :) And his trot looks nice to ride (especially in the second picture) You guys look like a really good team. I hope I helped and wasn't too picky (I tend to get carried away haha) :)
@redtree. Bahaha he sure did! Lol ;)
@pintotess yes I totaly agree, I have a bad habit of doing that(putting all my weight on one side). I don't even know why I was looking off to the side lol. And thank you for the stright line picture, when I took lesson my instructor thrented to put a rod threw my cloths to keep me up stight lol. Thank you for the great advice.
@ellygraceyes I also agree I am terribly about havin my heels down but they slip forward & it rolls my ankel that's casue again I always seem to put all my weight on one side. Bahaha ill have to try the anderson boobs trick lol! Mybe that way I can get my fiance to watch me while my riding/jumping lol.. and thankyou Thunder is a very sweet boy he's like a little puppy he follows me around the field like I just what a hug lol and when I do give him a hug he hugs me back :) I love him dearly! And yeah he has a wonderful trot ( I think) and naw you was not to picky, you had some great advice also!! Thank you all!
Hahaha! I think your fiance would enjoy that!
Have you tried a different saddle? One that will help you keep your legs back? Perhaps you could just borrow one until your muscles get used to having your legs in that position and then switch back to your saddle. It sucks about your ankle rolling - perhaps ride with some form of support. I had Barcoo fall on my ankle once in a jumping accident (tore ligaments) and my ankle would roll if I placed too much pressure on it (still does) and I used either extra thick socks or I used a support bandage. You could even try yoga to help strengthen your ankles if they roll :)
Nawwwww! He seems like such a great horse :3 You're lucky :)
I willl have a ankle bandage Im going to try that with the xtra think socks! Thanks for the ideas! And I only have the one english saddle & I don't know anyone else who rides english, all my friends & family are westren.
But I am def. Going to try the other. Thank so much! :)