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post #1 of 4 Old 07-02-2020, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone! So I have ridden all my life and have done hunter/jumpers for the past 7 years, and one thing I have always struggled with is keeping my eq while landing a jump. I tend to do a “worm” thing with my back, where I show the impact of landing way too much in my shoulders and sway my lower back, it’s not cute at all 😂. I feel like I used to do it because my leg wasn’t strong enough and it would swing when I landed, which would throw me off balance and caused me to absorb the impact through my back. My leg is a LOT stronger now though and I feel like it’s stable enough that it doesn’t fully explain the wormy back anymore, and that I’ve probably just developed a bad habit... I’ll attach a video and still and you guys can let me know what you think! Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-06-2020, 10:39 AM
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I see exaggerated motion in the position of your body, leg is being shoved forward and is not stable with weight in the heels and leg is not wrapped softly around the horse. I don't see flailing legs but I feel there is rigidity. It looks like you were left behind in the still. As strong as your leg has become I think it can be stronger yet and with more spring (not bounce). Think of how a slinky moves. I'd also say work on strides and distance could be beneficial..

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-06-2020, 11:01 AM
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You're probably sitting up too soon so you're ending up with your shoulders too far back which results in your back being braced and hollowed.

Try to relax and let your shoulders follow the horse's action rather than go against it.

I'd rather see a slightly rounded back than a hollow one.

Be conscious of what you're doing with your head as you land - sounds silly I know, but if you stick your chin up and out and look upwards rather than forwards, your back will follow it and hollow out as you brace!
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-06-2020, 01:57 PM
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I don't know about that. I saw a recent pic here of a younger rider with the head so far up I expect it to snap off and the back rounded to the extent that with the leg there is a very pronounced "C" shape albeit a backwards one.

Fluidity, whether slightly convex, concave or flat. No extremes.

I think jaydee hit on something I missed being focused on the leg. Shoulders should follow and not be pinched back.

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