Originally Posted by Southern Belle
I ride hunter jumper. Lately when I ride I find myself putting my hands down on my horses neck. At a walk and trot, this isnt such a horrible problem. But when I jump and canter, it makes me really unbalanced. What are some things I can do to fix this bad habit?
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Mostly, just keep reminding yourself to keep your elbows bent and your hands up. Pick a spot in the arena where you remind yourself every time you pass it to check your hand position. Do you take lessons? Or ride in company? Ask your instructor or anyone you ride with to "yell at you" when they spot your position slipping. The only way to fix bad habits is to replace them with good ones.
Also, if you're hands are down too low, I'd venture to guess that your knuckles are up as well, rather than your thumbs. I found that fixing the elbows brought the wrists and hands back into a more correct alignment. It's probably causing more little issues at the walk and trot than you think.