04-05-2010, 12:51 PM
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MIEventer. I had the same problem after a bad accident. I had a trainer lunge me over fences where she took my reins, gave me a neck strap and told me to close my eyes if I needed to. I was on a horse that is very game to fences and has taught many people how to jump/get over fears. But I held the strap in a death grip, became a passenger and she and the horse did all the work for me. I too had the mental block between 2'6 and 3'0 and I would freak out and psyche myself out. After being lunged over the 2'6 a few times I got the rhythm and by the end of the hour I was riding 3'0 oxers on the lunge and using my seat and leg aids to drive the horse on. At that point I didn't have my reins because she was working on my seat and aids and I didn't need them not because I was still interfering with the horse to the fence. If this is available to you at all, I strongly suggest it. But learn to be lunged over 2' fences before you get lunged over the big ones and your seat has to be solid. Also, don't try this with any horse/trainer. It takes a special combination of horse and instructor to achieve this but it works wonders for fear issues. The horse has to be willing to pack an unresponsive rider over a decent sized fence and the instructor has to be the one telling the horse what to do correctly to make it work.