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