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post #1 of 9 Old 09-27-2011, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Talking I jumped for the first time today...

I told my instructor I would never ever jump and I honestly had no intention of ever jumping. When I was a teenager I had a 13.3 arabian who I discovered could jump when she jumped a cone that I wanted her to go around. I was young and brave back then and jumped her pretty high, often falling off, now at 25 I'm not so brave lol.
I don't know how long Val(instructor) had this planned, but she said she's been having me trot over ground polls to eventually get me to jump. I've been taking lessons since January and it took her this long to talk me into it lol. Anyway she had me doing trot polls today and then all of a sudden she says "now don't say no right away" and I knew where it was going lol. It was a very very small cross rail, but even so I felt like I was all over the place, I felt bad for Molly(lesson horse) because I know I bumped her in the mouth a few times because I was too nervous to release enough. She said the reason she wanted me to jump was to build up my core muscles to help with my canter since my horse has a very strong fast canter, although her canter is easier then Molly's because Molly is heavy on the fore.

Well, I jumped today, that's basically all this post was about, I was shaking like crazy the first few times, and before, but I did it and I stayed on
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-27-2011, 09:27 PM
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Yeah to you, here you've earned yours today, congratulations.
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 03:22 AM
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Congratulations, thats super! You'll be doing a course in no time ;)

Get some pics next time, then keep practising, and take pics in a few months and watch the development
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So does that mean you're hooked? Even if it's not yet... it will come! Jumping is fun! You just have to have the right horse to jump on, it took me almost 2 years to get comfortable jumping on the horse I have now, but when it comes it feels amazing! Congrats!! I hope you'll be jumping again soon
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 08:44 PM
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Congrats on your first jump! How did it feel?

Don't worry if you're not fabulous at it right away, it will come, and the more you do it, the more comfortable you'll get. And once you're more comfortable, it will be easier to relax and focus.

I love to jump, feels like flying. And my horse Dallas loves it too, he'd jump anything I put in front of him. It feels amazing when you and the horse are both out there having a blast. <3 I bet before long, you'll be hooked on jumping too.

<3 Dallas, Dakota, and Shaymus <3
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-28-2011, 09:21 PM
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WOOHOO!! Welcome to the fun side!!

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-30-2011, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I'm not quite sure if I'm hooked yet lol, the jumping still kinda terrifies me . I'm sure she will expect me to jump again next tuesday. I am not ready to jump Bella yet, she's a really good jumper but she likes to canter the jumps and I still don't trust her enough to canter again, since last time it ended so badly lol. If someone is at the barn besides Val I'll see if they can take a video. I've had Val video before but she usually ends up getting the floor and ceiling and not much of the riding.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-04-2011, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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So I jumped again today, it went pretty well, jumped a little bit higher straight bar, probably about a foot high. I didn't get pics or videos as I forgot my camera. She even had me jump one jump then go around to a second jump
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-04-2011, 07:59 PM
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Way to go! I know what you mean about not being so brave as we once were, but with the right trainer to encourage you, you can be brave once again!
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