Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
I strongly suggest you stop jumping in a Western saddle, the shape of the saddle keeps you from being able to stay close to the tack- your upper body is way up in the air, and in a couple of pictures you look like you're inches away from gutting yourself. The stirrups do your legs no favours, letting them swing back too much. And notice how your center of gravity is pushed way back against the cantle of the saddle OR bumped way forward? It also keeps from distributing the shock of landing properly over your horses back- because it wasn't designed for jumping- and can cause problems in the long run.
You need to bring your elbows in a little, relax through your shoulders to keep from 'hunching' and get your feet forward in the stirrup so the stirrup isn't on the arch of your foot. Hold your position sitting in the saddle, shoulders back, eyes up, until your horse jumping pushes you up and out of the tack instead of jumping ahead.