As a jumper rider and eventer, I love your lower leg. And I appreciate your seat staying back over the center of the saddle where it belongs. You have a rock solid base that will resist all but the biggest biffs. What I am NOT too fond of is the tendency of your upper body ducking and almost laying down on the horse's neck. You simply don't have to get that low to flow with the horse's movement. If your whole lower arm is in contact with the horse, over jumps this small, you are too low. Get those elbows off.
Allison Finch: So to get off of his neck I need to open my hip angle a tad, bring my seat down a little closer to the saddle, and then stay tall with my upper body and shoulders, right??
It's weird...I can do it over the smaller fences, but over the bigger fences he gets so round and it's like my entire upper body just collapses when he gets round like that. He's the first horse I've ever owned that jumps really round...my other horses were quite flat...and speedy little things. He's the opposite, round with a BIG but slow stride. So is it just that I still need to get used to how to support myself over the larger fences?
I practice my two-point everyday I ride and lesson, but nothing simulates his jumping style. So it doesn't seem that practicing is really helping me get off of his neck over the jumps...
Until this horse show it hasn't been a major concern of mine as I was still perfecting my base of support. I think that I've just about mastered it now. I like where my leg is at over the jumps. I don't particularly care for letting it slip back any further than right about where it is because that's what I believe to be the cause of your seat and hip to come too far forward and above the pommel. But at this horse show I noticed that in the practice ring after going through some films that he knocked quite a few rails with his front end.
My trainer has told me that if he knocks it with his front end then it is my fault with my position over the fence. If he knocks it with a hanging leg then it is again my fault and I need to correct his balance. And that if he knocks it with his hind end then it's just a fluke and there's not much you can do about it other than doing balancing exercises to make his hind end snappier. I'm not sure if all of these are true, but I definitely agree with the first.
Marley's a good horse and doesn't ever knock rails in the show ring, but in the warm-up he is quite the tattle-tale. Haha bless his soul. But I would just like a little more help on this...sorry it's so long...