All your posts make me so happy XD
Next lesson I'm going to try to keep my legs as they are in the pictures above and work on not jumping ahead / collapsing. My mom will take pictures hopefully so I can see if I succeed.. lol.
I have a question, though.
Here's how it feels when I jump right now: In the last like 3 strides before the jump, I kinda sit down really hard with each stride because it helps me get the distance or something.. it's like I count 1, 2, 3, and each stride I kinda emphasize the motion. So imagine... bounce-bounce-bounce- and then as he jumps, I sort of bounce up and lean forward and my hands go from a few inches above the mane to about halfway up his neck.
So I don't know if it's a problem with my seat as I approach, or if that's how it's supposed to be, but the motion of that final stride just seems to lift me up and forward.
It's not really letting the horse close my hip angle because that's not what it feels like... it's more like me springing up his neck.
I don't know if my description made any sense, but how should it feel when he closes my hip angle? Should I wrap my legs around him and sit really deep and then force myself not to bounce/post on the approach? And then, when he jumps, what do I do? I mean, am I supposed to remain in the saddle for this height of jump? Should I be standing up a bit more?
I'm sorry if that made no sense, it's hard for me to explain what I mean. It's just like how I do it now feels natural, and it *feels* like his motion is lifting me into position, but clearly I'm doing something wrong. I'm just not sure where I should be on the take off and over the jump.