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post #1 of 10 Old 07-11-2018, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Here are pics from last month and a show on the 8th of July. The oxer is about 2'6 and the vertical is 3'0.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-11-2018, 08:37 AM
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A video would be more helpful. Just like with flying an airplane, take-off and landing are the critical pieces. From my limited experience, you do look balanced and your eyes are up. The trick would be to move your body on the descending part of the jump so you stay over the horse's center of gravity and you're not putting too much weight on the horse's front when its front feet land.
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For me you are way to far out of the saddle. Not collapsing on the horse's neck but not far from it. This makes you hollow your back.

As said, you are looking up and it looks as if you are following through with your hands rather than a crest release.

The other thing that hits my eye is that you are turning your toe out thus gripping with the back of your leg. Of you were wearing spurs the horse would be prodded - more so in the top picture.

Not bad though
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It seems to me that you are really laying on the horse's neck, especially in that second picture. So I agree with Foxhunter, I think you're a little too collapsed. But a video would tell us more.
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Here is a video. https://youtu.be/QV3RXQU4IHw

Yes I know, I'm going pretty slow😂 We've gotten a lot better at keeping our pace.
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Your backs better in the second pic - too hollow in the first one but you're still having to crank your neck to look up and forwards because you're lying along the horse's neck with your bottom too far out of the saddle.
I think that's a habit that comes out of over use of the 'crest release' when people are learning.
You have moved on from that thank goodness but you now need to allow your elbows to be more 'elasticated' to follow the horses movement along the neck without sprawling along its neck and needing to be so far forward
Toes don't need to be so far out - it encourages you to grip with the back of lower leg and if you ever wear spurs you'll risk marking the horse accidentally and get eliminated
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I agree with what's been said. Too hollow in the back.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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Yeah I know, with smaller jumps I tend to have a worse position. Lol working on that. I'll try to keep my toes in a bit more. Check out the video
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You need a lot more impulsion. Nice honest horse.

With your toes put your hand under your thigh from behind and pull all you can to the back, this puts your thigh flat on the saddle, your knees will be in and toes forward.
Also jamming your heels down hard causes stiffness.

When riders I was teaching were going to far forward I would make them either close their eyes going into and over a fence or I would stand about a horses stride away and to the side of the fence and make them maintain eye contact with me.
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You need a lot more impulsion. Nice honest horse.

With your toes put your hand under your thigh from behind and pull all you can to the back, this puts your thigh flat on the saddle, your knees will be in and toes forward.
Also jamming your heels down hard causes stiffness.

When riders I was teaching were going to far forward I would make them either close their eyes going into and over a fence or I would stand about a horses stride away and to the side of the fence and make them maintain eye contact with me.
I agree, and thank you for the info! Yea idk why were going so slow and small😂
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