Sunday, March 4, 2018
Solid in the saddle
Spring is in the air? Or at least the prospect of another show season is looming and I've got goals! I made a decision over the winter to expand my trainer horizons and do things with people that challenge me. I'm signing myself up for clinics and I'm pushing myself by taking lessons with a variety of people. I want to put a strong focus on my position over fences, and I've picked a HJ trainer to help me with that. In general, no eventer is going to complain about you getting left behind, it's a position of safety to be in the back seat over a solid fence on questionable footing.
While hunter jumper riders believe that a position that more closely follows the horse is better for the horse's form over fences on groomed footing.
On occasion I feel I have a semi solid position, but you can still see that my leg has slipped back
My hips don't fold and my default position is to stand in my stirrups. While my hands have a good release, my lack of folding throws my legs back and I don't have a solid base in the air, which causes me to get left behind on the backside of the fence. Potentially putting me off balance and punishing my horse.
I don't want to go in the opposite direction, the "hunter duck" or "praying mantis" which is an exaggerated trait that people feel shows off your horses big jump the best, but maybe we can meet in the middle?
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