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    01-17-2011, 01:20 PM
Not trying to sound rude or overly defensive, but I am able to ride other horses that stop or rush a lot. The point I was just trying to make is I'm not one of those "pretty" riders who look great but if the horse doesn't do what they ask they freak. (no offense to them) I think I ride the horse; I'm not just a passenger plopped on there.

But thanks for the advice! I'll see if my sister can remind me of that next time I ride. :)
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    01-17-2011, 04:59 PM
To me you are neither rude or overdefensive. You obviously ride very well, you use well your body and you ride/jump with no problems. Probably you ride "harder" horses that other riders with smoother jumping style. But still, if you plan to go higher, you need to fix the jumping ahead thing, not to look "nice" but to support your horse and to keep both of you safe. An oxer over 1.10m can be quite dangerous if you don't approach it well.
I m the last person here to "judge" you or to critisize you as if I was perfect, because as I said before, I used to ride like you.
    01-17-2011, 05:33 PM
Yeah, that's why I figured I'd post on here to get some ideas for correcting my position. I'd really like to fix this so I can move on to other things. Believe it or not, my position has actually gotten much better in the last 6 months or so. Which is realyl saying something considering how awful my jumping is now. I've also asked a couple friends who ride and they gave me a couple other ideas to try. Hopefully one of them will work
    01-17-2011, 08:02 PM
If your horse is reliable, I would suggest, cantering in 2 point with your arms either out to your sides, (airplane) or behind your back. You obviously have a solid lower leg. It's just your torso is completely rotated too far forward. Cantering around with nothing to support you but your legs would force you to get you upper body back into a balanced alignment and help you develop the correct muscle memory. That's all I can think of.
    01-17-2011, 08:10 PM
Hmm... Maybe I can ask my trainer if I can try that at my next lesson in the indoor at her barn. My horse does have some go, so usually I'll work with one arm out on the flat and over jumps to help with my balance, but the ring at the farm I board at isn't fenced, so obviously I don't want to completely drop my reins. That sounds like a good idea though, thanks :)
    01-17-2011, 08:15 PM
I cheat by keeping my reins, but on the buckle so I still can regain control but have nothing to hang onto.
    01-17-2011, 08:25 PM
Haha, I've done that :) I think I have a lesson on Saturday (my ring is way too frozen to be ridden in so in the winter I only get to ride once a week during lessons when we trailer) so I'll try that then.

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