Foxhunter: My trainer never tells me to crawl up the horses neck like that, I think it is just a bad habit I have developed over the years. I know what you mean though - it seems like hunter riders have a strong tendency to do that! I m definitely going to work on lifting my chest and keeping my shoulders back. I'm actually fairly confident that at least up until the base of the jump, I sit up straight. The haflinger pony in the last picture WILL refuse the jump if you don't sit up and ride every stride to the base of it. So it must be that right before take off/in the air I am just throwing myself at the horses neck, and basically making his job harder :-X.
I'm just having a really hard time because I feel like I'm on both sides of the spectra: either crawling up the horses neck OR sitting too early over the fence (see attached photos). My current trainer wants me to take two point like half way around the arena before the fence, which I COMPLETELY disagree with, because (for me at least) it causes me to anticipate my jump and jump waaay ahead of my horse! I'm glad to see you share my opinion.
Oxer: As of now, I have only done jumpers! I'm just DYING to do eventing but it is so **** expensive! However once I move/change barns I'm going to be able to work off many more fees than I am able to now. I'm hoping to be able to finally school CC and work on my position for those types of fences. WHEN I am finally able to event, I will probably start at the intro level so that my horse and I don't have to be worried about the height at all! Also I am of the opinion that the riders leg doesn't have to be AT the girth, as long as they have a strong base of support. What concerns me most about my photos is that I personally would like to see more weight in my heel. However I have had horses buck before and after going over fences and its not really a problem. What really gets me is when the bolt away and to the side of the jump. When we first got the haflinger pony I fell off of him about every two months or so due to his bolting antics. Luckily for me, he is short and not very far to the ground! I haven't "involuntarily dismounted" from him in a while....but I probably should go knock on wood or something now that I have said that
The first two pictures show what I'm talking about when I sit down way too early(I'm thinking, anyways). I'm thinking that my upper body is better in this third picture, but should I still have my chest lifted up a little bit more? Sorry to ask so many questions, but my instructor right now I think is more focused on how my horse is jumping than my actual position. These pictures of the bay TB with the blaze are his first time jumping 3', and I was very proud of him! Jumping hasn't always been his strong suit, but we have doing flat-work/dressage religiously 3-4 days a week and man I sure can feel a difference! aarosie.jpg aablazeb.jpg aablazea.jpg
And just for fun, here is a photo that I honestly crack up every time I see it. Just goes to show things don't always go according to plan! Both the horse and I were 100% fine and nothing bad happened. That mare is absolutely amazing and has actually built so much of my jumping confidence. She is 24 now though (actually 23 in that pic!), and still going strong but I really don't think she would stay sound enough to event. wwhoops.jpg
Thank you all so much again for your feedback, I really appreciate it!
(On a completely different topic - I need a "show name" for the dark bay TB with the Blaze. Right now his name is Blazer -- so original, I know! He is an OTTB but his owner/my trainer doesn't have his papers so I really have no idea what his sire X dam name is.)