Be harsh, horse and rider. I'm showing a lot more. Actually, this is my first time showing in real shows. His first time too. We were showing in "special hunter" (maiden) - going over 2' fences. I don't want to break into his green career, sine I'm trying to get him sold. Alas, I only have one picture. My trainer says I have a pretty good position.. If so, how can I better it? I try to give a good release, but I really have to have a tight rein steering to a jump. He's just a 'baby', so extremely wiggly. He does jump 10 times better when I jump with NO hands... I can't do that at shows.. Anyways, I'll stop rambling.
Pull us apart, thanks!
Can't really critique much with this type of angle.
Although judging by the space between your legs and the seat of the saddle--and the fact that I can kind of see the cantle--I'd say you're over jumping quite a bit. Because you don't see much heel depth, I believe your lower leg has probably slipped back as well.
I do like that you are looking up where you want to go!
Again, not the best angle to critique your position. :) Try and find a profile view.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison
It does look like your lower leg has slipped back. I like his jump and his expression. I'm not sure--you said he jumps better with no hands, so maybe this wouldn't practically help, but I would try to have a little more connection with his mouth.
He's really really sensitive with his mouth. I haven't ridden him because of this tremendous heat - but I have a show next Tuesday. I will try my hardest to get a video of us. He won reserve champion last Tuesday. (: I was yanking on his mouth the whole time.. Thought he was galloping. Everyone else said he looked amazing.