Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
On the non-jumping photos, you're a bit far forward. Lengthen your stirrups a bit so your hip can open up and your weight can get deeper in your seatbones. Straighten up your back so you're more upright and can really let your horse feel the cues from your seat.
the jumping ones are a little hard to tell from the angle they're at. You have great lower-leg contact. You're looking up and ahead so nicely. What I can't tell from the angle is whether or not you're jumping ahead. Is your seat over the seat or over the pommel? Should be over the seat. Your position is more clear in the first jumping pic, and it looks good. What I'm calling the first jumping pic is the 3rt attachment from the top. I can't see the first two, so it's the first picture I can see in your opening post. Picture # 3.
I really like the one on the flat in the brown jump saddle - I'm assuming that's hunt seat preparing to jump? Great line from elbow to bit, great shoulder, hip, heel alignment. Horse is relaxed and on the bit.
the one in the red tank top - I'm not sure what you're doing? Why is your upper body leaning back so much? And heels are up? This obviously is not your normal riding position at all, and it would be helpful to know what's going on there. Whatever you're doing, your back should be closer to vertical, and any cue you're giving should be through your seat, not your back, and your weight should be sunk down in your heels to be balanced effectively.
Last edited by freia; 06-24-2014 at 08:47 PM.