Here's what I like:
- My horse is tidy, shiny, and relaxed. He also has great form with his front end, knees up and square.
- It's clear that we are taking off from good spots and are not charging at the fences.
- My leg hasn't slipped back.
- I'm looking up.
Ye gods, I look like a chicken trying to take off with those elbows. And WTF am I doing with my hands?
With the way I'm arching my back at such an extreme, I've clearly completely relaxed all of my core muscles. Yikes. I really need to engage them and KEEP THEM ENGAGED all the way up and over the fence.
Way to ask for a lead change over the top of the fence, eh? Just leeeeeaaaaan in the direction you want to go! NOT. Uhm... at least my elbows are in a little more in this picture?
I actually like this one. He's relaxed and balanced, and I don't look too awful. I do wonder if my stirrup is a bit long though.
Although, I admit, I'm thinking about getting a print of the first one. It's the only pic I have of Saga and I jumping at a show.