Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
For starters, shorten your stirrups. Then make sure you aren't pinching with your knees or thighs. Your heels should be down, but it should be because your WEIGHT is in them. You are jumping ahead because your weight is ahead.
Try this: Stand on a flat surface with your legs shoulder width or more apart as if you were on a horse. Then go into two point. Did you roll onto the balls of your feet? Probably. Now do the same, but imagine a heavy, wet sand blob rolling down your back, over your bum, down the back of your thighs and calves into your heels. Feel your weight drop down into your heels? Stand up. Now go back to your two point, this time with your weight in your heels. Feel that--how you didn't roll onto the balls of your feet, but instead into your heels even more? Good. Now get on your horse and reproduce that at the halt, walk, trot, and canter. Then do it over ground poles. Now do it over a jump. Ta da! Problem solved.