Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The great, white expanse of Maine...ugh!
You're using your body to do the work of your hands, and so your elbows have nowhere to go but out! :) You seem to be losing your leg to the back, which contributes to the issue. Shorten your stirrups a hole - or even two - and do lots and lots and lots of two point work, coming into lines, single fences, or jumps on a circle maintaining that two point, and sinking your weight into your heel over the fence. Focus on keeping your tush in one place, and, at first, do a long release a couple of strides out with a lock of mane in hand for security. Get used to the feeling of pushing your butt and hands away from each other - pretend that if they get too close you're going to get an electric shock or something! Even though it sounds totally silly, that kind of visualization helps a lot. I'm guessing that right now, you do a nice short release a stride or two out, and then at the point of take-off kind of throw your body up the neck, over your hands. I do like the short release you've got, you're not pulling on your horse's face which is great. Add a long release to your toolbox now, though, while you combat the chicken wings!
I like your horse - he seems like a really good boy who is nice and steady, so you can work on yourself. He looks like the type that you can kind of 'throw away' a stride or two out and he'll be very honest.
And now, the men of the Second Armored Division with their famous close-order swanning about.