11-02-2008, 02:10 PM
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One really major problem that I see is you are jumping way too far ahead of your horse.
You need to sit and wait for his jump to lift you out of the saddle, and not try to jump for him. Don't rush the fences.
If you are an Eventer, this can cause MAJOR problems on a cross-country course, seeing as those jumps are not forgiving. If you were too jump like this over an obstacle and it threw your horse off balance, he could drag a knee or catch a leg on something and it would end horribly.
In all honesty, until this is corrected, I wouldn't allow any of my students to Event. They'd be put back to basics over small jumps, until their position could solidify more.
Also, your pinching with your knee, which could also be a big factor in why you jump so far ahead of your horse.
I can tell this because your lower leg slid back in the one picture.
And it looks like if you don't pinch with your kness, your trying to stand up in the saddle and holding onto the reins to balance yourself, which is affecting your horse's jump.
I'd go back to gymnastics and simple exercises with jumps & incorporating trotting poles to work on this before going any further.
If you'd like, I can suggest several exercises for you to help :)