I have this habit of sitting too far back and riding a little behind the motion on the approach to jumps. It stemmed from riding stoppers...I learned that leaning = refusal so in my attempt to listen to my trainer and sit tall, I started getting too far back. Plus, for the longest time I was afraid to use my leg on Scooter and it's REALLY hard for me to get my leg on Leo, so I kind of overcompensated by staying really far back and pushing with my seat. I think. But anyways...if I stay back where I'm comfortable, then the jumps feels normal. But if I try and stay more vertical/forward, then I feel like I start jumping for the horse and dropping my hands and losing my leg.
Here's a video of me jumping a few weeks ago...
[the refusal was 100% my fault...I picked a distance and started riding for it but then second-guessed myself and took my leg off Scooter. I'm getting better, I swear! And I love that you can hear my trainer yelling "body" at me on the way to the jump. It's like...if I'm not slightly behind the motion, then I curl up and lean and then we have refusals and I fall.]
And when I *tried* to stay further forward coming to the jumps
[please don't mention how horrible this was...I hadn't ridden in a while and this horse and I DON'T get along...but basically I failed haha]
And again, trying to stay still to the jump
[I trust this horse not to refuse...could that have anything to do with it? I was also riding with a different instructor for this lesson, just a one-time thing]
Aaaand...to demonstrate the position flaws I have when I try to fix my position...an embarrassing video from the summer on Twiggy. I swear, I'm jumping more than she is!
I do it the worst when I'm on Leo [not in any of the videos, he's an evil appy haha] but I've notice that it carries over to all the horses I ride.
So bascially...Where *should* I be on the approach? What kind of visuals should I be thinking of on the way to the jump? How can I help break myself of this weird habit? I know at this point my trainer is just happy I'm getting OVER the jumps and she's working with me on other things...but this is just kind of bothering me.
Oh, and feel free to critique anything you want in the first two videos, but don't critique any of the horses because they're all school horses.