Originally Posted by 3days3ways
im sorry but the third picture is almost frightening how ahead of your horse's jump you are. I'm not trying to be mean, but i'm concerned for your safety and the comfort of your horse. You need to let your horse jump up to you instead of you trying to jump for your horse.
You also might want to try jumping without stirrups so you learn where your leg should be (a little behind the girth). I would suggest working on your two point on the flat at the trot and canter with stirrups to secure your position. Then, try jumping smaller jumps without stirrups, making sure you distribute the grip between the lower thigh and knee, with your heels down. You also might want to try to shorten your stirrups so at the longest they hit your ankle when your feet are out of the stirrups.
Im so sorry if I sound harsh I really didnt mean to
you do have a good start, and congratulations on what you've taught yourself already.
I agree with this poster ... there are some definite good points, but there are also issues which could provide some safety issues.
Going by what feels right is a good way to start, feeling comfortable is key when jumping. The paint is a nice, scopey horse and I like how well he rounds over the fences. He definitely seems to enjoy what he's doing!
Your leg is your base of support when jumping, and it is extremely important to build a strong leg position. To polish up that leg, you need to shorten your stirrups at least 2 holes, which will immediately tighten them up. Bring your toe back in a little so that you aren't gripping with the back side of your legs. You do need to bring your knees in so they touch the saddle, but the grip should be with your inner thigh and calf. Ride lots and lots of two-point, and be sure that you aren't supporting any of your weight with his neck. Ride with arms straight out to the side and hold that two-point. This will significantly strengthen your legs and help you to get them in the most correct position. And keep those heels down!
Once you've got that leg tightened up, concentrate on making sure your back stays nice and flat.
You are off to a good start because you are comfortable jumping, now you just need to really polish it up for the show ring!