Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Buffalo, New York
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As it's already been said, a larger release would do him some good. It looks like he wants to round over the jumps but he can't because of a restricting hand. He does look like a a very strong horse though so I can imagine it may be hard to trust him by giving him a big release for fear he may run away with you. I'd practice getting him under control on the flat with some half halts and downward transitions.
I also like your form very much, but if I could tweak something I would change the angle of your stirrup iron on the ball of your foot. If you look at the still shots, you can see that the inside branch of the iron is in front of the outside branch. If you change that angle so the outside branch is in front of the inside then you'll be able to get your heel down more and lower leg back slightly over the fences. You sometimes look like you have your lower leg slightly forward and are almost bracing against him or not really with his motion, where if you brought your lower leg slightly back you'd be right with him (the still shot I'm looking at is the one at 0:48).
Also! I can't take credit for the stirrup iron angle suggestion, that's from reading George Morris' article in Practical Horseman magazine where he critiques jumping form. Although, I did adjust how my iron sits on my foot and it was amazing how much deeper I could get my heel! Worth a try I would say! Good luck!
Last edited by Raven13; 04-24-2013 at 12:01 PM.