Proper Body Position Over Jumps
 By Hypnotic Equus   •   6th Nov 2010   •   2,558 views   •   5 comments
What exactly is the proper position? Proper body position is heels down, legs back slihtly from flat position, and toes flexed out slightly. Your back should be concave, you should have your head up looking over the fence, your hands should be midway up the horses neck, unless your instructor has taught you the automatic release. Your body should free the horses back without overburdening their neck. It is very easy to mess these things up, and if you mess one up, there will be something else off too.

For example, stop this video at the 4 second mark.

The riders stirrups are too long, which in turn makes her feel like she is being left behind, so she is overburdening his neck at the exact moment he needs to lift his front end.

Stop this video at the 3 second mark.

This rider is doing a good, however, she is laying on her horses neck a little bit. Her legs are good considering the long stirrup length, but they are slipping back, which makes her overburden her horses front end. She could also give him a better release, because with the long release you want a loop in the rein. This is causing her horse to not use his head and neck.

Stop this video at the 24 second mark.

This rider is balancing on her toes, which is making her leg slip back, which causes her to overburden her horses front end. Her release is okay, but I would like to see her give her horse more room to use his neck.
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Good article, has nice to know facts! Thank you for sharing!
  Nov 7, 2010  •  1,819 views
Good. Too bad I can not watch videos. I will when I can though.
  Nov 8, 2010  •  2,187 views
Good article! I think that the second video, her back is curving way to much. It straightens out over the jump, but should be straight through everything.
  Nov 10, 2010  •  1,771 views
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I have to disagree with you entirely on every one of your critiques. While you have the general idea of how a proper position over a fence should look like you lack the basic knowledge of WHY we have the position we do. Our heels are down to secure our leg, to bring our weight down into something that gives with the horse's motion. Our leg is under us because it keeps our center of balance equal, we release to give our horse's room to bascule over a fence. We keep ourselves balance and up off the horse in order to free their shoulder and we STAY off the horse's back through the entire scope of the jump in order to not interfere with the horse's hind end as well.

The rider #1's irons are fine for the height she's at. My only critique for her is that with a horse who barrels forward over the jumps and jumps flat she needs to sit deeper and rock him back

Rider #2's release is excessive for the size of fences she's going over as well as the fact that she's hunched over in her 2-poin
  Nov 16, 2010  •  2,037 views
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Great article !
  Feb 14, 2011  •  1,764 views
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