Originally Posted by yourcolorfuladdiction View Post
Once you get to a point in riding and jumping you will have to start putting your stirrups up again, it comes along with your strength and athleticism and how your body is built. To me, I'd like to see them up a hole. They are going to FEEL short. I'm still seeing like a 95-ish degree angle in your knee where you would probably have a stronger jumping position with a 90 degree angle, especially with how far your heel comes down. It's a little overextended almost, and raising the stirrups a hole might help keep it from getting that far down which could also be putting your leg at the bad angle.
And let me tell you, I know all about bad saddles, I've ridden in everything from ancient crosbys (you know those saddles with no knee roll that pretty much mold to the horse you put them on they're so old) to brand new PJs and I know a saddle can do a lot to your position but you don't want to let it TRAIN your position.
I almost had my mom take a picture of my stirrups after my lesson, but I forgot. Gr.
But anyways. This is the length that I rode at for over a year...it's only within the past few weeks that I've shortened them a hole.
I do agree that my ankle is almost too flexible (while I do tend to brace against the stirrups after I've landed/in the corner, my heel does actually just bend a lot)
This saddle actually fits me the best out of any saddle I've "owned." My saddle fits the owner of this one better too, so we just swapped haha.
I think in both videos you ride pretty well, but you look a bit more ragged in the older one.
Honestly, since I am not a jumper, I can only offere advice when I see something glaringly wrong. In your case, I would be in seventh heaven if I could jump like you do. You look soft , and secure and the horse looks very trusting. I like what I see.
Yeah, it's a good thing. You're staying put and let your horse jump up to you, not trying to jump for him. I always know if I put in a good jump if I feel all the motion in my hips.
Oh, I get it now! Yeah, that's really what my lessons these past few weeks have been focusing on.