Originally Posted by Jessi94
Thanks, I definitely agree with my leg and laying on his neck!
Although I do disagree that the first picture is better. Weight in my heels is basically non-existant and if my reins were shorter I would have pulled at his mouth.
But I definitely agree with everything else. Thanks :)
I second that the first picture is better. You're jumping way ahead of your horse in the second, and I believe, are jumping too high. You need to solidify your position over smaller jumps, like the first x-rail, before going higher. Also, for the size of the jump in the first picture the release is fine. You do NOT need a big release over small jumps, and a lot of the time that will actually hurt you more than help when you throw the reins away.
I'll let someone else go more into detail. But your position is much better in the first picture.