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Critque My Jumping Skillz
So yeah, title pretty much explains it.xD Rip me to sherds, but don't be to harsh.;) and just me and not my horse. Also I know I need to shorten my stirrups and I've noticed that I kinda slouch when riding, so don't need to point those things out.
Get off your horses neck. All hunter jumpers I see lay on their horses. Even if you just sit up a little more. You can also bring your hands further back so that you have some nice light contact whilst going over the jump.
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I don't know, but I can critique your 'grammarz.'
Anyway, you are a bit on your horse's neck. Think of standing straight up, and just reaching your hands forward, instead of breaking so much. Make sure you are really sinking those heels down. You are looking up, which is awesome, and your realease is very generous :)
I agree with the previous posters.
Also, it's hard to see from the photos, but are your horse's boots on correctly? Again, it could be the pixelation giving the impression, but it looks like they're incredibly loose on the bottom and not wrapped right.
Sit up a tad, off the horse's neck, and bring your leg forward and in to keep contact :o) Nice looking horse!
You don't need to shorten your stirrups, you just need to get your leg back underneath you instead of out in front. Once that is done, you will find it far easier to not collapse on your horses neck. Also, turn your hands so your thumbs are on top. Having your nuckles on top twists the bones of your arm so that they are less flexible and less able to follow your horse's movement.
I have to say, I agree with everyone who's posted before me. It's good that you're providing your horse with quite a bit of release, but you're overdoing it a bit. Try to bring your upper body back, putting some more space between you and your horse's neck. Try to tighten your leg a bit, as well. It appears as if it may have slid slightly when you went over the jumps. Lastly, check that the boots are on your horse correctly. It's hard to tell from the pictures because they're a little grainy, but they don't appear to be on properly.
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