Originally Posted by englishjumper16
So I have been riding for about 7 years. I can jump 3'6 and have been working on that height for almost a year. The other day my coach ask me to work with a new lesson horse in my lesson instead of my own horse. I agreed and she said it wouldn't take long to start jumping my normal height but I would have to start small so I did. And my position was horrible. For some reason my body wants to have a good position on the take off and then throw my shoulders forward, tuck my pelvis under and straighten my arms when were landing. Why do I do this? I can have perfect position over bigger jumps but when I tried a small easy cross rail my position just failed. How do I fix it? Also I didn't have the saddle I was used to and the stirrups were a bit to long that's why my legs are too forward I know that because we worked on flat and I couldn't keep my heels completely down unless they looked like that. Is my stirrup leathers the problem? Because they shift my leg position? Anyways, any advice would be good!!
Here is the picture I know the quality sucks but you can see the problem well enough. And this is in our oldest arena and these jumps are home made the two other good arenas with real jumps were taking.