Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I agree that you are jumping ahead - let the horse jump and close the angle of your hips, don't jump for the horse, let him worry about that. Keep closer to your tack; with your position right now, if the horse stopped, you'd be over his head.
I would recommend shortening your reins so you can maintain contact with the horse's mouth throughout the jump - mind that does NOT mean pulling, simply that you don't throw away the reins over the jump. Right now to have contact over the fence you'd have to have your hands in your lap, which makes me think that the approach to the jump was on a loose rein as well.
Shorten your reins, and keep a light contact throughout your rides; do not interfere with the horse's natural movement - keep in mind the horse has to use its neck before and after the fence.
Your leg has also slipped back, your stirrups look a little too long, shorten them a couple holes and keep your leg under you as a solid base.
Keep your elbows closer to your body; this might right itself when you shorten your reins and employ a release though.
At this point little mistakes don't matter all too much, but if they continue and you move up through the heights, they will start to rear their ugly heads.
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