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post #11 of 17 Old 01-05-2017, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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A video would help give a full picture of what's going on as you approach the jump but I'm wondering if you're riding in 2 point all the way to the fence and then instead of staying in that position you're going even further forwards as you take off?
For some reason you're going way to much out of the saddle for a fence of that height
I think your legs are going back because you're pushing yourself forwards off your stirrups instead of rising off your knees and keeping your lower leg stable
That type of hand position is OK for beginners but I don't like to see it used for any longer than necessary - it becomes a habit that's hard to break. If you aren't using the neck for balance then it's time to start lowering your hands
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Here is a photo of me before the jump, I realise the combination is slightly too long for him and sorry about the jump standards being in the way. Also, I feel that having my hands where they are has already become a habit but I will try remember to lower them slightly over the jump. :)

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-05-2017, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Anna, a jumper (only relevant for Equitation riders, I suppose--so I guess this really depends on your goals) strive to create certain angles with their joints. Namely their hips, knees, elbows, and ankles.

The Geometry of Rider Angles | Practical Horseman Magazine

Here's an article for you.
Ok thankyou, I will have a look at this because I'm sure it would be helpful for whatever jumping you do. The only competitions we have around where I live are showjumping, dressage, hack and eventing. As far as I know we don't have hunters.
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Upload the video to YouTube, put the privacy to restricted, then link it here.
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Here is a video of me jumping, it is not at all edited so there are section of the video that you cannot see me riding so you will have to skip forwards a little.

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You look much better in the video than you do in the photos!!
The last photo I can see where you ride 'defensively' as you approach the jump - typical of someone who's had a horse that puts in a stop but you don't let that affect the way you get your body with the horse as he goes over the jump - but that could be why your legs slide back. When you have a horse that stops you tend to try to get really deep to anchor yourself and that might result in you putting too much weight on your stirrup. If you look you can see that rather than your heel staying down your toe is the lowest point and your pushing yourself up off the stirrup off it which then pushes your lower leg back

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You look much better in the video than you do in the photos!!
The last photo I can see where you ride 'defensively' as you approach the jump - typical of someone who's had a horse that puts in a stop but you don't let that affect the way you get your body with the horse as he goes over the jump - but that could be why your legs slide back. When you have a horse that stops you tend to try to get really deep to anchor yourself and that might result in you putting too much weight on your stirrup. If you look you can see that rather than your heel staying down your toe is the lowest point and your pushing yourself up off the stirrup off it which then pushes your lower leg back
Ok thankyou I will try to remember to keep my weight through my heel as I go over the jump.
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You have to try to imagine your weight sort of melting down through your heel and not pressing down in any way that will cause tension.

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