So I found some of my jumping pictures and I was hoping you guys could critique me and my jumping abilities from back in 2007. I want to see if the critiques are any different from what I hear now. I don't have any current pics of me jumping but I know what people tell me so I want to see if they've changed since this time
Oh...please critique the flat and jumping....thanks!
If you look at your landing pictures you can see that you land towards the back of your saddle which puts extra weight on his back. This is caused by your legs bracing forward, which also happens on the flat. You're also balancing yourself with your reins, which is going to hurt your horse's mouth and hinder his performance. Try riding without stirrups and reins to develop better balance. When you ride with stirrups think "toes up" and not "heels down". Lift your toes up so they are higher than the vertical of your stirrup iron. When people think "heels down" they often jam their heels down and legs forward.
I think your upper body looks pretty good and you're always looking up and where you are going, which a lot of riders don't do!
Your hands: HUGE pet peeve of mine. Thumbs up, get under control.
6th picture: Looks like you are bracing his neck on the landing. Don't land hard on your horse. (The landing stride is just as important as the takeoff, in my opinion)
Your wrists are bent on your release, remember to keep a straight line.
Your heels look a bit too far down to me, especially for on the flat, which will drag your legs forward and throw your balance off. Try to even it out a bit more, but without letting your toes go down. Other than that, looks good to me :)