05-06-2011, 12:25 AM
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Where do you ride at in IL? I'm from Illinois as well...
I would first put on correct riding gear. ;) I hope you won't be allowed to ride in those during your lessons.
There are a few things to work on that will become better the more you practice, but as of right now, I think you have a lot of natural talent! You're position isn't that far off and with practice and fine tuning, you look to be an effective rider/jumper.
Solidify your leg more. Lots of two point and no stirrup work. You want your leg to be rock solid before you start jumping all the time. You seem to have the hang of following your horse's motion over the jump which is great! You aren't jumping ahead that much which puts you off to a great start in your jumping lessons. Your stirrup length is good. Your back is flat and relaxed and your hand are following your horse's mouth. You're looking up when you are jumping but when on the flat, you're staring at his head and elsewhere on the ground. Look up!
Post pictures as you continue with your riding! I think you have a lot of potential! :)