(First, insert a Duh and smack myself on the head here.) So, I had never owned a pair of field boots before. I've always ridden in paddock boots and half chaps. After many years of leasing other people's horses, I finally got a horse of my own a few years ago and finally want to start showing. (again head slap here, should be fun to start as an adult) Anyway, I put my stiff new boots on and proceeded to ride my horse to start breaking them in. We started jumping a few fences and grid patterns and I suddenly realized my position was PERFECT. I was so thrilled and so ticked off at the same time! If I had known this outcome, I would have invested in a pair of boots 20 years ago. Something about the stiffness in the boot created a serious anchor effect in my lower leg. Every single jump, my leg was right where it was supposed to be, not a hint of jumping ahead, and my horse was dead straight and landing on the correct leads every time. All I have to hope for now is that I develop good muscle memory before they soften up!!
To all of you who jump ahead, find a rock stiff pair of boots and jump with them on a few times. It's an amazing difference, and it really drives the point home that the key to not jumping ahead is a solid lower leg.