08-10-2007, 11:41 PM
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I would say when you are in the middle of air, before the landing, pull the reins back...I means a soft contact...when you are landing, give a firm contact...I have been there and done that with horse that will take off so FAST when landing...scary...front of 2 jumps to go!
To hold the mane is to stay with your horse when taking off so you can stay with your horse when taking off, it's very useful for first time and beginner riders, of course, for the safety reasons or you will find you behind from your horse :) but never hold the mane to stay balanced when you are in the air and landing...you have to bring your upper body back when you are about to landing...it is the true jumping position...
It sound like you will need more practice on 2 point postion or there are some mistakes that your instructor never said a word about it. I could not say any more...but I think it has to do something about your 2 point position...
Hope you will improve in the future.