Okay, so, I haven't really jumped in 4 years, and my 7 year old TN Walker hasn't really jumped anything other than logs in the pasture. We were playing around yesterday and we just started popping over crossrales (lowest it will go). My position is REALLY really rusty, so I'd love some critique :) We're jumping in a saddle seat saddle BTW.
Thanks!! I totally love the last pic too. It's the wallpaper for my cell phone :P I just him bareback all the time (over logs mostly). I have to say that I think I do better with bareback than with a saddle. I just feel so awkward jumping in a saddle. But my position kinda sucks so if anyone could critique that, that would be great :)
Since the cross rail is really small, it looks like he really only truely jumped over it in the last picture. Since it is so small, you didnt need much release and you gave enough. If you bump the poles up a few holes it might make a difference in actual jumping rather then just a canter stride over it. In the third picture, your leg has come back just a bit and it looks like you got caught by surprise of the jumping motion so fell forward and are bracing yourself on his neck. In this pic your hands should have been about another 6 inches more forward. You released with your reins by letting them go long, instead of moving them 6 inches up his neck.
Other then that, your back is nice and straight and you have a good position otherwise! :)
ETA: I am betting a saddle seat isnt easy to jump in!! I've never ridden in one but would love to try it.
Yeah, I did get caught by surprsie :P All the sudden he just leaps over the jump. As for the saddle seat saddle, you gotta try it some time. Riding saddle seat is SO much different from hunt seat it's crazy. It's a lot of fun though. Thanks for your critique!!