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post #1 of 59 Old 11-11-2009, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Talking ~ Leg Position? Confused!

I know this may be a stupid question. Here goes...

I have seen many people jumping that have their legs far back against the horse's sides, mostly these people who jump high jumps. I have two pictures that demonstrate this, the first and second picture below.

Then I have seen a handful that jump with their legs either right at the girth or just behind the girth like the third picture below.

Now which of these are correct? I have always been told to keep my legs near to the girth, not to slide back against the horses side. But I see most people jumping with their legs far back.

What does everyone else think?
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post #2 of 59 Old 11-11-2009, 12:11 PM
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the third picture is what I have always been taught as well...

The poor horse in the second pic needs a release!

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I have always been taught to try to keep my leg like the third picture in a solid position over the jump and I agree about the release
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The third picture is correct. The people in the first and third picture are pinching at the knee and pivoting off of that point which causes their leg to swing back.

You see this a lot in the Jumpers (and sometimes in the Hunters), where Equitation isn't scored. A lot of it has to do with height of the fence, because the fences are getting higher and higher, riders tend to get quicker with their bodies and try to help the horse jump the fence. (At least at lower levels then GP this is always the way it comes off)

At the GP level we can assume that the riders are so accomplished, that they have enough control everywhere that letting their legs slip back won't cause a complete catastrophe. And then again some GP riders just have awful equitation and aren't that accomplished of riders... lol
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Ahhh. Okay. I have always wondered. Especially the higher level I see them throwing themselves out of the saddle with their legs sliding back.....

And I totally agree with you Void. Some people make it to GP, but then it turns out they aren't really what they make out to be...*sigh*...the world is strange ain't it? LOL

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I'm glad you asked this question. I've seen a lot of pics like the first two lately and was starting to wonder if I was wrong in my thinking about leg position.
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third pic looks great.
The other two...not so much.

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Ahhh. Okay. I have always wondered. Especially the higher level I see them throwing themselves out of the saddle with their legs sliding back.....

And I totally agree with you Void. Some people make it to GP, but then it turns out they aren't really what they make out to be...*sigh*...the world is strange ain't it? LOL
The first two pictures are actual Jumper pictures, whereas the third is either a Hunter picture. You can tell this by the fences and the way the rider is dressed, what the horse is wearing and by the fences.
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LOL. I know in the second the release is not great at all, but I just took random pictures from the internet to demonstrate. = D

No offence to these riders in the pictures. We are not against you, just a kind of lab rat. ; P

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Ok, this is probably stupid but to Void - Does it matter if they're hunters/jumpers? Isn't good leg position over a fence the same no matter the discipline?
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