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riding behind the motion.. how to fix?
So, a bit about me.
I am an adult re-rider with about 8-9 months experience and have really come a long way for the amount of time i've been riding. I am leasing an absolutely amazing TB stallion which has been awesome for me to really practice and perfect things in between lessons.
But, I have a terrible habit of riding behind the motion, and as a result as I jump I push myself too far forward when jumping. I really don't understand how much more I can fix this. My instructor/trainer/whatever you want to call it tells me to get up and out of the saddle more in between jumps, and to think elbows over knees more (while in two point) to keep myself from getting too forward. I am sure that at some point I will figure it out and get it, but maybe hearing different advice may be beneficial to pick it up faster.
The reason a lot of people get behind the motion of the horse is due to balance. They cant feel the horse under them. Start working on more up and down work. Such as, walk, canter, trot....etc. Work on feeling your horse under you. Feel each step he takes. Work on polls, and riding bare back can help some times as well. It takes time. I have been riding for over 10 years and I still have problems getting my legs back in my western saddle for western pleasure.
This is a short trailer of a longer video Bernie Taurig did about proper leg position, and he shows how a rider will lose their balance when a leg slips forward (as it seems yours has). If you shorten your stirrups a hole or two you will have a much more stable leg and then you can work on your two point and balance.
Update: I brought my stirrups up 2 holes, and my leg was much more stable. Also, my heels seem to creep up while in 2 point, so more focus on my heels seems to be helping with falling forward over jumps (this was forced knowledge after I came off at a schooling show's warm up when I got a very unexpected refusal...haha) So hopefully, the situation is soon to be remedied.
Also working on strengthening your core will help as well :) Which goes in tandem with your overall balance.
Some other "fun" excersises while that may help: upwards and downwards transitions while in 2 point (walk to canter to walk, trot to halt to canter, etc.), bareback riding - try pole bending or barrels at the trot and the modified posting trot (for the lack of the official name) sit one beat up for two. Yes, it puts you on the wrong diagnonal, but is great for body control. Cheers!!
I once had an instructor tell me to do "up-up-down" while posting. So instead of "up-down, up-down", you stay up for two beats during the trot. It sounds easy, but TRY IT...its not! It does put you on the wrong diagonal every other stride, but none of my horses were too bothered by it. It really helped me to improve my overall balance. After you get it down, try it without holding on to your reins =)
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