Has my position improved?

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    • 1 Post By alexischristina

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        01-26-2013, 08:11 PM
    Smile Has my position improved?

    Any tips/hints/thoughts/gentle criticisms welcome and greatly appreciated!

    April 2012 - 1m jump on 14hh pony ^

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    Sorry about the awful quality!
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        01-26-2013, 08:15 PM
    The quality is really too bad to give you a good critique... it looks to me like you've gone from stirrups being far too long to stirrups being too short. That's all I can give you.
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        01-26-2013, 08:22 PM
    Thanks! I know my stirrups are far too short now, I'm trying to lengthen them but it just makes me seat feel so much more secure!
        01-26-2013, 08:28 PM

    This is probably the best quality photo I have, from 2010! My release is pretty much the same if anyone had any tips on that, but my lower leg is better I think!
        01-26-2013, 09:35 PM
    Your leg appears to no longer swing back as much, but then again with your stirrups being too long in one picture, then too short in the next it is hard to judge. Try working on opening up your shoulders and getting balanced in your two-point position. Keep up the good progress :)
        01-26-2013, 10:44 PM
    I can relate to that. Unfortunately while it makes your seat FEEL more secure, you can be at higher risk of falling / hurting yourself if you ride with too-short stirrups, and with slightly longer stirrups you'll have an easier time getting your leg on and keeping it on.

    In the picture you just posted your leg has swung back quite a lot, you need to keep your calves on and avoid pinching with your knee. In general your center of gravity is too far forward over the pommel of your saddle, bring your lower body back to remain over the center of your saddle and bring your shoulders back. EYES UP! Your release actually looks pretty good there, are you starting now to work with more contact over jumps? With the same release, but still holding contact with your horse? It LOOKS like it in your most recent picture but again I'm not sure.

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