Originally Posted by VelvetsAB
Great post maura--It made understanding why riding in last nights lesson was so much more difficult. I rode a young QH instead of the normal warmblood that I ride, and it was so much harder to have full calf contact because he isnt as big of a horse.
Do you think perhaps because a lot of kids coming into riding as a sport are learning more on lesson horses and therefore do not have a saddle that fits them properly but fits the horse, or the saddle is somewhat inexpensive for the school to buy (so it doesnt have good knee rolls), that this might be causing some of the form faults? For example, the saddle I ride in on a regular basis has a hole over where the billets would be, but the knee rolls are still great. The saddle I rode in last night however made me feel like I had no support for my knees.
I'm fairly new to jumping, so I'm about to ask possibly a stupid question; do you need knee rolls for jumping? My wintec general purpose doesn't have any. Zip, zero, none. I only jump about 50cm, but my pony is athletic and over jumps. My form isn't the greatest, my legs are okay but I know I'm not sitting up and pushing into my releases enough. Could my lack of knee rolls be contributing to this?