Hey all, I guess feel free to critique the following pics. Mainly the rider (me), but if there's anything you'd like to put forth about the horse feel free also
Firstly, because I've got long legs, I always seem to find looking at a pic of myself jumping to be a little odd. However this is when I'm wearing short boots, I find that my legs look okay when I'm wearing top boots/gaiters or whatever. So to me I think it's just when the whole length of my leg is visible that I have trouble being comfortable with how my overall jumping position looks. In saying that though, if I just focus on the shoulder kneee toe line (if i've remembered it correctly) :P, my position isn't too bad. Does anyone else have this illusiony type of issue? lolz.
- I hope I'm not just weird.
So anyways, I know there's always something to be improved on, so any advise would be great. I know alot of people and pro showjumpers keep a good contact with thier horse's mouth as they're going over jumps, but I like to give as much as I can while going over a jump (in moderation of course, due to safety, and to maintain my jumping position :P). But am I giving too much ? I do see pics of showjumpers giving with outstretched arms, but then there are others which keep their arms closer to their body when going over a jump. Also, I understand the jump in the pics isn't all that big and so perhaps if I am giving too much, is it just that I'm giving too much for a jump of that height.
Also, my back. When I go over a jump I really seem to elasticize and try and really mould with the horse beneath me. As you can see in the pics, my back seems to be hunched. I think I remember something about keeping your back straight when jumping when I had lessons with an instructor who would have me do a bit of everything. But that was ages ago and that could have been relating to just general riding posture. :S.
The pics are stills from a video, just where I could pause and take a pic with the digital camera of the video on the computor, so sorry if they're not of great quality. I thougth I'd supply pics of different stages of the jump.
Also, I'm wondering if perhaps my stirrups should be a shorter length? Dunno wether you can help with that query from the pics. But would be good to know if that would also be an element to improving my position. :)
Thankyou in advance