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Position Critique Please!!
This photo is from my past horse show, I am going to buy it since it was my first training :) Any tips you can give for me?
And just for reference--I am the one in the yellow saddle pad---number 128 :D
March Horse Trials - March 4-6, 2011 - Equidigital.com - Photographs by Elisabeth W. Harpham
if you look at the bank pictures--i know, they are pretty rough looking! i was just a bit unorganized and you can tell by the look on my face!!!
As far as I know, with my limited jumping knowledge, that is textbook perfect position!!!! You look like you were born riding.
You look very good!
It's an interesting sequence of photos - in the middle photo, you look dead solid perfect. Good base of support, out of the saddle the exact right amount. Flat, relaxed back, eye up, happy horse jumping well. If I was going to quibble, I'd say you're leg could be a hair further forward so your stirrup leather was truly perpendicular (as could mine in my avatar photo :-) )and you could be giving a more generous release, even shortening your reins slightly but then allowing your hand and arm to follow the balancing gesture of the neck.
However, when you look at the whole sequence, the first photo shows you jumping early/jumping ahead, with your crotch in front of the saddle and your body too close to the neck and the last photo shows you coming back down in the tack early, sort of an equal and opposite reaction to the move you made in front of the fence.
That's a fairly intimidating fence to ride down to; and that tends to increase rider's desire to jump for the horse, but you have wait for the horse to push you out of the tack in the same way you would for a single pole in jump cups.
Overall, the impression is still of a solid, functional, athletic rider having a good go on an able horse.
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