I've been riding with my Instructor for ten years. Before coming to her, my instructor had a rule that there would be no jumping until I could steer the horse at a canter with no reins. I changed stables due to very unsafe horses... something to keep in mind. Now, the coach I have been with for the past ten years obsesses over safety. Anyone jumping has to wear a body protector, which I am very grateful for... It has saved my back and tailbone multiple times. Anyhow (now I'm getting off track ), at times lessons used to seem boring when I started... We repeated things and repeated things for years, doing no more than small x rails and tiny courses for years. We focused on steady forgiving hands, firm and still lower legs, strong upper body, deep seat, etc. There were times when I wondered if she was holding me back form some reason... I wanted to jump BIGGER!! since three years ago, though, I have realized what she was doing. She gave me an incredible position and confidence in myself. I am not afraid to ride any horse or to fall off, because we even practiced that; falling off comfortably!! People around the barn marvel at the "Velcro on my bottom", because I come out of the wildest situations still propped up on my horse.
The point of my rant is, it really really really pays off to take your time in mastering the basics! I think it is much too early for you to be jumping... Then again, I am not your coach, she may simply have been testing you to see how you would handled it. I say give the stable a go, the horse spooked once. If you fall off again because of the horse, though, you should reconsider. Finally, be very very upright and honest to your coach. If you're not comfortable jumping yet, tell her. If she insists, leave. YOU have nothing to lose in being honest and safe. Your coach, on the other hand, does have something to lose if she doesn't respect you and your wellbeing... Cuz when you get right down to it, YOU'RE the one paying her!!
Sorry that was a really long post... Hope it helped though!
Last edited by Falicity; 01-20-2012 at 12:56 AM.