Hi all! I have been reading posts on this forum for a long time looking for ways to improve my riding and other random things, but just recently found the critique section. So I would love some input!
I have been riding western for about 10 years I'd say, and just recently started riding english because I have always wanted to try jumping :). I took a few jumping lessons about 6 months ago but then started grad school and can't afford them at the moment. I want to keep practicing and improving on what my instructor taught me but am also worried that I am developing bad habits. So any input on things I should work on (any exercises to help with these would be great! But I am proficient with search and will find some if not :) ) or keep the same would be so so appreciated!
I put some clips together from the past few weeks. I know we're not perfect! We get excited and forget how to pick up leads from time to time, but my mare seems to love jumping just as much as me haha. And yes, my inside leg swings like crazy, it is very annoying to watch and for that I apologize. Riding w/o stirrups seems to be helping a little.
This is a long video, but around 4:15 we start jumping slightly bigger jumps with the camera at the side, so hopefully you can see my position better.
Here are some little bounces
And a wide jump
Thank you so much!