So it's been suggested now by multiple trainers/clinicians that I need to trade in my "Event" (read: All purpose) saddle for an actual jumping saddle. Apparently my current saddle (seen in the pic below) is throwing off my balance, forcing my legs either too far forward or back because I cannot effectively put my stirrups up high enough to "crouch" over the center of the saddle that well. The seat is also too deep which results in me getting knocked in the butt a lot if I do try to get into position appropriately.
So anyway, learning to jump in this saddle has contributed to teaching me this lovely (incorrect) form of standing up:
Here's a look at my saddle just by itself:
SO I'm looking for suggestions on a good jumping saddle that meets the following criteria (yes, I am picky )
* knee rolls are not TOO far forward (I'm only 5'1" and have trouble fitting those that are really far forward)
* Less than $1,000 if at all possible (or at least hovering around that mark, give or take $100 or so)
* Dark color (all my tack is havana brown)