Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Alright - the video.
When I was watching you doing your circles at the beginning of the vid, I saw unstable legs. I looked closer...and saw, that you are still reaching for your toes for stabillity in your tack.
Your leathers are much too long for jumping work - heck, even for flat work. You need to shorten them so that you can allow your legs to do their jobs. With too long of leathers, your legs cannot do this.
Your heels 1stly, have to anchor you. Your ankles have to beable to absorb the energy that cycles through your legs. Your lower leg must be stabalized and secure. Your knees must remain open with your inner calf at your horses side.
None of this can occur, with too long of leathers.
So what else happens when your lower body cannot do its' job? Your seat is effected, your balance is effected, your core is effected, your upper body is effected.
Domino effect. You disrupt 1 link in the chain of functional form, you effect all the links connected to that 1.
Shorten your leathers or you will remain unfunctional. So due to this - what is happening when you go over the fence? You are gripping to achieve this false sense of security, and because you have no balance, you lurch yourself forward to catch up with your horses center of gravity.
Shorten your leathers. You need about 100 - 110 degree angle in your knees. Then, you can open your knees, sink your body weight down through your lower body into your heels, and work on strengthening your lower leg to remain solid at the girth.
Fix that first.