Oh wow thanks for the reply guys!! I'm going to answer everyone individually, but I wanted to say as a whole I think I see what I am doing wrong now... and will work on fixing it.
WESTERN SADDLE AND LACK OF HELMET!
No just kidding
Alright you have a little bit of work to do before you look into higher jumps, but don't get discouraged. Practice makes perfect!
First: HEELS- DOWNNNNNN. (I'm trying to imitate the way my instructors say it through text. I don't know if I'm doing it right though lol
You have a hunched back. Your back should be arched and your shoulders should be back.
I can't tell if your riding in a halter and rope or bridle, but your release looks ok in the first picture but non-existant in the older ones.
Watch your leg position. In the first picture it's just a tad back in the older ones it's way too far back. It almost looks like you're gripping with your knees but I may be wrong.
Your two-point could use a bit of work other than the things I already stated. Bareback and Western aren't the best friends of two-point, though, so I understand why it wouldn't be the best.
Good luck and practice that two-point!
I never noticed my heels before!! LOL, and it's something I always get on my little riders about when riding *facepalm* I see the release issue now... but it has gotten better since last year (even though all I noticed was we were landing better
)... and yes I always grip with my knees more than I do with stirrups... it comes from years of barebacking it when I was too lazy to lift that saddle up, I suppose that doesn't work quite the same when jumping. Thank you for the encouragment, it means a lot!
Please make sure your horse has a ground line when jumping. Also, any "filler" you can put in your jump makes in 10x easier for the horse. The first jump is a bit unsafe.. The "pole" could drag down a chair and things could get hairy.
Other than that, at least you are looking up! I know it is hard to jump in a western saddle, I remember doing it when I was about 8 years old. I also had a roach back, I wonder if it has to do with the western saddle?
What a good horse going in a halter for you :)
You can't see it in the picture, but the lawn chairs are actually broken at the arm rests from the kids horse playing on them. When Indie hit the log (and it did happen a few times) the log was just knocked off.
I always make sure the pole can fall off if it must, not worth risking an injury. Thanks!!!
Anyhow I LOVE how you are jumping in a halter and not using a bridle, so you won't catch your horse in the mouth. Very good. But I don't have much else to say, a western saddle and bareback do not in any way help you get into any sort of two point you have to arch your back to avoid getting stabbed with the horn, and bareback you pretty much do all you can just to hold on.
Only thing I can suggest while you're not riding with an english saddle is work on your release, get your hands even, up and forward so you hands are on the sides of your horse's crest. You could have done that in both of these instances. Other wise your going to have flapping hands (first picture) or catching your horse in the mouth when you do put a bit in (second and third picture)
I would overall suggest bareback if you don't have an english saddle, work on gripping with your upper calves while keeping your back straight then only bending at the waist while two pointing. Even though it is very hard you can lift yourself up and two point, its a good muscle workout. ;-P
I spent a lot of time comparing your comment to the two pictures, and I am pretty sure I see what you mean. Yes, I use the halter as much as I can- specially when trying things I know that I am not good at and may tug on accident
I'm sure Indie apprechiates it LOL. I'm doing some research on what exactly the two-point is (I have a good idea, but have, obviously, never done it..so this should be interesting.), and will be doing some practice bareback. Thank you sooooooooo much for the detail, it was a world of help.
I might try again tomorrow and have some pictures taken and posted and see if those are any better
Love the advice you guys!! You're all so helpful