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        01-31-2012, 09:01 PM
      #11
    Foal
    You need to work on your release. You also need to hold your upper body closer to your horse, not quite so far in the air.
         
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        02-01-2012, 11:36 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Along with what everyone else said, don't know if someone already said this because I just skimmed some of the replies, but in the first two you're back is rounded/hunched over. I know some trainers don't mind it but mine kinda drills us to have a flatter back and have our shoulders back at all times. And the last one looks better besides you being slightly behind. :)
         
        02-04-2012, 11:26 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Honestly, I think you need to go back to some lower fences and poles. You need to sink your weight into your heel and allow your knee and hip to open up to absorb the shock of the jump. Working with poles takes away the stress of jumping and allows you to just follow the rhythm of the horse as it stretches and collects.

    If you were my student, I wouldn't have you jumping these heights until you were able to wrap your leg around the horse, squatting down into the jump and following the motion of your horse's jump with your hand. And yes I agree, ditch the spurs, with your unstable seat/leg, you are probably catching your horse with them.
         
        02-06-2012, 01:53 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I agree with mudpaint. Ditch the spurs and work over lower fences to build your position. Try working through some gymnastics if you have a steady horse so you can concentrate on getting your position more steady. Good luck :)
         
        12-12-2012, 04:59 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I wanted to thank everyone for their advice and send a follow up. The first two photos are from last March about 3 months after this post and the last two photo is from this summer. I think we are improving but my upper body still needs help. I will try and get photos this weekend of our current jumping.
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        12-12-2012, 06:00 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Personally, I think the issue is your leg :)
    Your heel is up and you are pinching with your knee. If you fixed that, I think that would help A LOT.
    You are hunching your shoulders a little bit, that could be what looks strange.

    But really, I think it has improved between the sets of photos. :)
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        12-12-2012, 06:13 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Thanks so much! I moved to a new state, switched trainers, and disciplines (hunter/jumper to eventing). I've had about 5 lessons with her so far. I'll have my husband come on Sunday to video so I have some recent photos.
         
        12-13-2012, 12:50 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I don't typically offer my opinion on the critiques, but I felt that I needed to on this one. Because not long ago I looked like you do in the first picture (more or less). What I noticed is that:

    1. Your gripping with your knees.
    2. Your consistency is not there.
    3. You have no release.

    But I do love how you keep your eyes up. :)

    The main thing that I noticed though.. is that in the first picture especially, you look like you're cringing with your shoulders. You're tensing your body and locking your arms so there is no release there. I have a bad habit like this that I've been working my way out of. It's just not stable. I'm guessing on the backside of this jump (I mean landing transition) You probably had a bit of an inflata-back which is what I did.

    What I've found helps me tremendously is a stride or two away from the jump think "Heels down, don't throw yourself over the jump, relax, release, BREATHE, and open up your shoulders." This change has helped my horse with jumping so much, he used to take down rails all the time and that is why, we haven't had an issue with it for a very long time now.

    Other than the things I listed and said by everyone else, that's about it. Keep up the good work, you're looking pretty good. I would love to see some new photo's/videos. See your progress. :)

    Edit: Also, in the new set of photo's you look like you have improve quite a bit, pulling your shoulders back, you look more relaxed as well.
         
        12-29-2012, 07:10 PM
      #19
    Foal
    You just need to stick your chest out even more and stick your bum to the back just slightly. You've improved a lot and your a good rider and improve fast! :)
         

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