Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
I think Brighteyes is a bit too hash.....
I think, as a beginner, you are doing a good job of avoiding hurting your horse. While you are not keeping contact over the jumps, you are wisely giving more than you will later give as you gain experience. The worst thing you could do is "snatch" your horse over the jump. You are doing a good job, there. That release will keep you from hurting your horse while you gain your jumping balance. Good job.
You do need to use time in the half seat learning to stretch your heels down. I don't know your horse. You may need to use a lot of leg getting him over the little jump. If not, you may be grasping with the back of your calf. Try turning your toes more forward and turn them out just to use your heels to urge him forward. Then turn your toes back forward.
As you start keeping your heels down, the stirrups will not creep back on your foot when they are down. They will stay on the balls of your foot, where they belong. If the stirrups creep back, it will make it impossible to get those darn heels down.
Keep at it. I have seen far worse on very experienced "seasoned" riders.
And yes. As said above, most horses will not use themselves well over smaller jumps. They have no reason to. I wouldn't worry about "poor form" until the horse really has to use themselves ( around 3-3'3" at least).
Last edited by Allison Finch; 01-24-2010 at 07:43 PM.