Originally Posted by TheQuietGirl
While I ride at a hunter/jumper barn for the past six to eight months I have been focusing on dressage. I love it. However I want to improve my skills over fences and since I successfully competed in the dressage show I had been prepping for its time to move on to hunt shows.
I am not a confident jumper. I'm only jumping 2 ft but I get very nervous. I ride a horse that I love but she isn't the most trustworthy and will take advantage of an un confident rider (read: me).
Does anyone have any tips for me? I don't want to be scared every time I see a course. Thanks. :)
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would you feel more confident jumping a cross rail course? I feel like if you're not confident you need to back up and get confident at the steps right before where you are. So like, when I fell for instance I was not confident over the jump (as it's when I fell!) so I started over poles and we very baby stepped them up to a small cross rail. Did that for a bit.. but the point is find where you ARE confident and then slowly move towards the new goal.
Another alternative might be to build your confidence on a more trustworthy horse who won't take advantage of you while you're building yourself up.
Although all that dressage work must have gotten you stronger over jumps... I think it's such an important investment to make, rather than just rushing to jump!