Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
I wasn't able to watch the video (as I am on my phone), but was able to see the photos. Firstly, I love that your eyes are up and you are looking straight ahead and beautiful horse.
But, your really bracing on his neck and getting ahead of the movement. Try and go with your horses movement some more instead of 'jumping for the horse'. Try doing some grid work, it might help!
Your lower leg is in a good position, but you really need to drop your heels down. Your weight seems to be in your upperr body and on your horses neck instead of in your heels, try to really lengthen your leg downwards and support yourself more. I think you'll find that this will help you to sit 'up' and 'back' some more. Do loads of two point, even on the flat, over trot polls, etc. I think you'll find that you will really develop the muscles to hold yourself together over the fence some more. Remember to keep your toes inwards too, it looks like they might be slightly out from the photos.
Its great that you aren't catching your horse in the mouth, but you don't really have a release either. I think this might be because you don't have any contact to 'let go of', try shortening your reins a little annd then moving them up your horses neck over the jump, instead of bringing them back into your lap.
Managed to get the video to load in the end - be SOFTER in your seat, you seem to be very jerky on his back, relax. Allow him to relax aswell, I think it would help you a lot if you gave him the chance to establish a steady rhythm before the jump, instead of trying to cram it all into the space of half of an arena. Get a nice trot, sit deep, use your correct aids THEN ask for canter, do a few circles of canter to get a nice and steady rhythm, then approach the jump. Don't change anything, don't let your horse rush, don't tense up, keep the same EVEN canter. A few times I noticed that you had your hands 'in your lap' try to move them slightly up and away from you (not too much!) and I also noticed that your jerking the canter and not going with it, 'pumping with your seat'. Try to support yourself and really stretch your heel down on the flat as well, I'd suggest doing lots of flat work :) you can never have too much flat work!
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