Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
It's difficult to critique with a 3/4 shot, but I would agree - you LOOK good, but your position seems very non-functional for cross country. The photo is a picture of "perfection" when everything goes right - nice form, good knees, matched pair, but you don't look as if you'd stand a chance if it all went wrong. You're extremely "forward", very much in hunter position. I am not bashing hunter, but it's a discipline based on "posing" which it looks like you're doing. That's not to say hunter riders are NOT effective, but the stakes obviously change when you're hurtling at a 3'0" solid object that's not going anywhere when you hit it.
I would work on getting that leg more stable and underneath you, and off your horses neck. The position over cross country fences has to be a lot more defensive and not so passive. Obviously you're not at a level where it requires SUCH a forward leg as you see at upper levels, but it's a habit you'll have to start getting into it and really moving away from all that hunter teaching.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.