Originally Posted by SpottedDraftRider View Post
Yes and yes. Oh I'm sorry. That's ok, my brain doesn't seem to be cooperating either lol. From what I wrote and what I see, I thought you were a bit behind because you were so close to the back of the saddle. While in the other two pictures there was a bit more of gap between you and the saddle.
You are right, SpottedDraftRider, I got left behind just a bit in picture 2 and 3. What you don't see in this picture is the approach to this jump is an uphill slope, so both my mare and I were having trouble hitting the right spot on that jump. We'd come up the hill and have only a few canter strides to hit the right spot, we're just not that good yet lol. We've been getting better about it in our jump work this week though.
So, just to make sure I've got things straight, I need to just clean up my short crest release, work on pushing my heels down every time, don't tuck to low with my upper body, and work on the chicken elbows (that's ALWAYS been a bad habit of mine!
) I think it will all come together as we get better at hitting our spots (except for the elbows, I have to remind myself to tuck those in). But overall I'm doing ok... whew that makes me happy
Also, I'm happy y'all like my mare. I've known her since she was born, bought her when I was 13 and I will have her until all she can do is be a beautiful pasture ornament. Bourbon is so willing and absolutely loves to jump. I have her son and I'm hoping that he will turn out as awesome as her.