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post #1 of 17 Old 06-28-2013, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Has my position improved? 2.0

I've been working on my jumping position for a while now and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or suggestions. I'd like to think I've improved a little, the first two photos were taken in 2010 - apologies for the quality and the second two photos were taken in February and June of this year.









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post #2 of 17 Old 06-29-2013, 02:25 AM
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Much better in the bottom 2 photos. you've got your legs under you, you're looking up, and you look much more confident in what's going on. Fabulous improvement!
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-29-2013, 02:38 AM
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Definite improvement! Well done :) You look much more secure in your leg and balanced.
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-29-2013, 04:44 AM
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You look a lot better in the last two photos.

My suggestions:
#Give a bigger release over the jumps, you are allowing just enough but I like to give the horse more than enough to make it easier for him
#Ride with a taller back
#Keep your bum closer to the back of the saddle

Encouragement:
#I love how you are looking ahead really well
#Its great to see you pressing your hands into the horse's neck so you don't jab him in the mouth
#The weight in your heel makes your whole position pretty secure
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post #5 of 17 Old 06-29-2013, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Strangely I was more confident jumping back when the first two pictures were taken, but I attempted my first 80cm course the other night and only had 1 pole down! That's of course down to the horse (The coloured - Cola) who looks after me!

I think I know what you mean about needing to push my body back over the saddle but I'm not sure how to go about doing this, if anyone has any tips it would be greatly appreciated :)
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Huge improvement! Next tweek, redistribute your lower leg contact. Still a little pinching with the knee. Think about really hugging your horse with your legs on approach and over the fence. I like your upper body angle and release. Maybe a smidge more rein, but you don't appear to be hitting him in the mouth.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-01-2013, 04:07 AM
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You have improved so, so much - you should be very proud of yourself!

I'd still like to see your leg underneath yourself some more. You really need to support your weight with your heels & your lower leg. It'll make the jump so much more comfortable for you, it'll bring everything together so neatly. Picture your lower leg as like your seat belt. In the first photo you're a little high and you've moved ahead of the center of the saddle slightly. I think that you'll find that once you get your heels down this will be easily fixed. However, also remember to go with the horses motion - not ahead of it.

In the second photo it looks like you have a bit more contact with the horse, however, you are still slightly ahead of the horses motion. Again, feel the way the horse moves. Your release is good, but, I'd love to see your horse stretched out a little more. The horse has quite a long, reaching neck over the fence. So, give him/her the opportunity to do so.
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Your position has improved considerably.
Is that your horse in the first 2 pictures :-/
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-03-2013, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, so basically what I need to work on is getting my heels down and my legs wrapped round the horse on the girth? If I get that fixed should my position come back down over the saddle more naturally?

CandyCanes - thank you, no the horse in the first two pictures belonged to a riding school. I think I know what you're getting at, she looks very underweight. In all probability she most likely was but she wintered out that year and didn't seem to do very well off the grass. She looks a whole lot better during the summer! The coloured is the horse I currently have on loan at a different yard and she on the otherhand is obese :P
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Thank you, so basically what I need to work on is getting my heels down and my legs wrapped round the horse on the girth? If I get that fixed should my position come back down over the saddle more naturally?

CandyCanes - thank you, no the horse in the first two pictures belonged to a riding school. I think I know what you're getting at, she looks very underweight. In all probability she most likely was but she wintered out that year and didn't seem to do very well off the grass. She looks a whole lot better during the summer! The coloured is the horse I currently have on loan at a different yard and she on the otherhand is obese :P
Be careful not to 'grip' the horse with your knees, or have too much leg contact with the horse un-neccisarily - some horses are not bothered by continuous leg contact, others get really quiet annoyed by it. Getting your heels down will not fix all of your problems, but it will be a big step in improving everything and it all coming together nicely.

I hope I explained this well enough for you. Keep up the excellent progress.
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