Some of you might remember me posting this last fall about having some jumping ahead/using the knee as a pivot issues. I've really improved, but I'm having a release problem. I don't release or give too small of a release but keep my position. However, if I try to release, I end up going back into a bad, too-forward position. How do I release and keep my seat? My horse is the type that gets crabby (understandably) if I don't release. He starts leaping over the jumps and ducks out - I had a nasty fall a few weeks ago because he ducked -- the lesson before was the first time I started to release a little better. He's doing great now, but I want to keep that up and be able to not knock him in the mouth.
Also, while we're here, I think part of my problem is that my lower legs and ankles tend to give out instead of holding me on. And my abs are just ridiculously lame. Exercise ideas to help strengthen these?
If anyone wants, I'll try to post a few videos of my latest rides tomorrow or Thursday when I get to faster Internet.