I don't jump.. so about your flatwork..
In the pictures, you really need to sit up, open your chest, and relax your entire upper body. You aren't really letting your legs dangle.. they seem pushed down?
I'm going to watch the rest now..
You look so much better!!! I noticed around the corner you had your supporting outside rein, well done! Just keep that outside rein with contact and try to keep her straight around those corners and while she's going around the rail. More inside leg.. but seriously, you've improved so much since the last vid!
Another thing I noticed.. you kind of slam her to the next jump I'm talking flatwork only) I don't see any sort of halt halt or any guidance from your leg nor any support for her.. which is why she resisted the jump closer to the end of the video.. she didn't feel prepared. Hold her on that outside rein, guide her with that inside leg and keep your arms.. closer to 90 degrees than 180.
I think you still need more work on your flat before you begin the jumping part. She's a saint for jumping with you though, she takes good care of you. Now you need to return the favor :)
Watching vid 2 now..
I see the same thing.. no support and you're also leaning into the turns which further off-balances your horse. Pause at 0:28 and you'll see what I mean. You can't lean into the turn.. always have MORE WEIGHT on the outside of your seatbone so he stays balanced.
Also why are the reins so short? :/ Pony looked very unhappy. You were catching him a lot in his mouth which made him a little "hot"
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 02-23-2012 at 08:00 PM.