11-24-2010, 04:28 PM
| || | ^^This. Actually quite effective as it makes you stay forward.
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
I think I see something that might help. You jump with rather long reins. Instead of keep them in your lap, maybe shorten them to keep your arms more forward. It may sound backwards, but if you keep your arms forward, it allows you to concentrate on keeping your upper body back and over your hips. With your hands already forward, the mere act of your hips folding over the jumps sends your arms forward to provide an ample release. On the other side of the fence, just unfold and reset your position. Who knows. It might help.
^^This as well. After watching the video and only watching the jumping part about 20 times....it didnt quite look like you were sitting back, but it didnt look like you were staying forward either. The girl who rides the bay horse in the video, who you would like to emulate...I actually thought she was sitting back in the saddle early. Watch this video ^^ and see how he is pretty much straight legged over the jump? He isnt shock absorbing. Its even worse when you see it in person. You can hear people going "oh" when he lands really hard.
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
I don't see so much that you are sitting down to early after the fence - just that you aren't riding effectively by absorbing the shock through your joints and end up whacking the horse in the back.