Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Ok, seroiusly - you're not that bad, honestly. We all have our issues, trust me - and yes, they are hard to break. Just as David O'Connor says, it takes 1,000x of repetative work to just fix 1 bad habit. It takes time, it takes work.
With your shoulders - just tell yourself to lift your heart up. Now, of course you cannot physically lift your heart up, that's just silly lol - but what you can do is adjust your upper body to make you feel like you are lifting your heart up.
Lift your diaphram, bring your shoulders back and push your chest out - but it's much simpler to just say "lift your heart up" - also, getting into that functional 3 point will help you out as well.
My suggestion to you - is start doing alot of work on your positions. You need to work alot on standing up in your irons and work on getting yourself balanced over your feet. Work on strengthening those legs and your core. Then transition between standing up in your irons, into a functional 3 point. Nothing changed from the 2 positions - only your much closer to your saddle. When you've strengthened those legs of yours and that core, you'll find transitioning between your functional 3 point into your jumping position to be much easier, than where you are now.
Right now, you're losing your lower leg, and jumping ahead.
When you are out hacking, stand up in your irons. Really work on finding your balance with our legs under you. Find your core, find that sweet spot. Work on it at a walk, trot and canter - you need that before you start on your functional 3 point.