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    08-24-2010, 10:12 AM
Jumping at her 6th lesson isn't good at all.

It took me about a year (riding ever other day) to begin to jump at a trot. It takes time but once you start jumping you will realize why it took so many lessons to build up your riding for jumping.
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    08-24-2010, 10:05 PM
Thank you . You are right and I have to admit that yes, that other girl allmost fell off. Also, starting too early was the reason I fell off and got in this mess anyway. I guess If you do something before you are ready you panic and forget how to ride...
    08-25-2010, 09:40 AM
Are you in a riding school?
    08-25-2010, 09:52 PM
Me? It's a school and at the same time the stable of an olympic horse riding medalist!!! (Sorry. I'll try not to brag. It may sound special, but to me it's just a good stable with good horses and good instructors.
    08-30-2010, 04:07 AM
Originally Posted by ImpressiveLady    
Jumping at her 6th lesson isn't good at all.

I agree. I absolutely HATE when trainer's dot hat with their students,leading them to believe they can jump after a handful of rides.It puts the student at a huge risk of hurting themselves.They barely know the basics at that point,and you let them jump? I just don't get it. -_- I was riding for about 2 or 3 years when I was allowed to go over a small cross rail at a trot for the first time,and that was because I knew what I had learned very well and could stay in control of my horse.

I'm sure you're a great rider sweetie, we all fall off, it happens to the best of us. Don't think you're not good at what you do just because you didn't jump like that other girl and fell off instead, her trainer let her do something she was not ready to do in any way because of a lack of experience. You're gaining experience by falling, you need to learn how to fall off and get right back on to be a great rider.
    09-03-2010, 07:57 AM
Its a very good thing that you know riding, I also know riding and I enjoy my riding very much.
    09-06-2010, 04:08 AM
I agree with everyone else - don't worry about falling off. Falling off and getting back on has taught me some of the best lessons and, weirdly, has made me less afraid of riding. I've only been riding for 1.5 years, but that's just my experience.

Also, if you find that you're nervous about something specific, tell whoever you're taking lessons from. I was terrified a few weeks ago after the horse I ride took off at a full gallop with me on his back, and I didn't say anything for a while because I didn't want my instructor to think I'm a pansy or something. But in the end it got so bad that I didn't want to ride anymore, so I did tell her, and she helped me to get over my fear in literally one lesson; turns out I'd been pulling on his mouth too much and was sending contradicting signals to him.

So, sorry, that was a little off topic...but don't be afraid to talk to your instructor or ask questions, especially if you're feeling uncomfortable about something. And I'm sure you're not a bad rider! The fact that you get on after falling off is already really great, so don't worry, things will get better :)
    09-06-2010, 08:15 AM
Wether your a good rider or not you always fall off!! Take my word for it! ;) I have been riding since I was 2 (im 14 now) and I always fall off! And it doesnt matter what people around you say or think. Do what you feel capable of. My last comp I won my 6 bar at 1 mtr 30 and the next day I fell of because my pony shied and I wasnt paying attention ;p It all comes with time. The people that are over taking you in riding now, will soon fall behind because "you" didnt rush things. Then they will be thinking wow where did she come from!! :) so just take it in your stride and smile and be proud of your Bruises!! Because you know what we all get them..

Im not sure where you live but Gillian Rolton fell off 2 or 3 times in cross country at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games and continued to ride on and win Australia gold, and she had a broken collarbone and broken ribs...

    09-09-2010, 11:04 AM
Well let's see, I don't have the canter fully down yet, but I did learn 2-Point at the trot, and was forced to hold it at the walk and trot on the long sides of the arena in my last lesson. Jumping, completely not happening any time soon. I can not imagine jumping on my 6th lesson, I didn't have a decent seat in the trot till a few months in.
    09-09-2010, 11:13 AM
I don't remember how long it was before I jumped when I was taking lessons when I was younger, but I know dang sure it wasn't my 6th lesson!! I had to walk, trot and canter...I had to post trot with no stirrups and my psychotic instructor also made me two point with no stirrups. Dang I used to have strong legs! I remember riding with no stirrups or reigns in one lesson, posting trot with arms out to the side. My horse tripped, stepped through the reigns, tripped again when he realized he was caught in the reigns and came to a dead halt. I didn't fall, didn't even slip. My instructor was IMPRESSED! All that ground work really does pay off in the end but I know it's depressing to see someone doing 'more fun' stuff than you.
The FIRST time I started taking lessons was from a dressage person. They were VERY meticulous and I was barely allowed to trot because I had to be absolutely PERFECT at the walk, perfect form, perfect seat, perfect hands. I got frustrated really quick. Then I moved to a 'jumping' barn and really got going good. It sounds like you are on your way, I suggest trying some good 'core balance' things like other people have suggested.

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