Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I think you're looking awesome for only having jumped twice!! Give yourself a pat on the back!
I really like how your eyes are up and you're looking where you're going. I really like that you haven't completely collapsed downwards and instead just let your hip angle close slightly. I like your back.
What I would suggest is really sinking your weight into your heels. Do lots of flatwork in the two-point position, that will solidify your leg. Ask your trainer to put you on the lunge line so you can just work on your lower leg. It is not atrocious by any means, but your leg is what anchors you.
Another exercise you can do on the flat is just letting your reins go, getting up into two point, and keeping your arms out to the side like an airplane. Try to not tip forwards or flop back in the saddle. It will take a while to find a balance point and build the muscle you need, but really think of your heel being down and solid and being an anchor for you. You want your balance to come from your legs and over your saddle, not in your arms, so being able to ride in two point without reins and without touching the horse's neck will be totally beneficial.
Another suggestion I have for you is to work on a crest release. The first picture shows you're hanging a little on her mouth with your inside rein. The contact is still soft, but for a beginner jumper I'd rather see just a tinch more give.
Now, about your two point: You don't seem to be getting ahead, which is great, and I like seeing a beginner up in a two point approaching the fence rather than sitting back and ending up left behind, so that's absolutely fine in my opinion.
I think once you solidify your lower leg and sink more into your heel, you're going to be golden!!
Oh, and remember to keep your chest just a tiiiiny bit more open.
In my humble opinion, girlie, you're doing fantastic.
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