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post #1 of 5 Old 10-13-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to build confidence?

Hi, I've been riding for about 2 and half years. I've been jumping for just over a year but I have a problem with confidence. The biggest I can jump is about 1"6ft! Any bigger and I just freak out completely, but I really want to jump higher... I just don't have the confidence.

I have lessons weekly at my local riding stables and ride a variety of different ponies and I trust them all completely. I just don't trust myself...

Has anyone had this issue and what can I do about it?

Thank you

PS. I'm fine riding on the flat, hacks and jumping 1"6 uprights.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-13-2012, 05:53 PM
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Just be patient and I think it will come. When you feel your ready, you will know.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-13-2012, 05:55 PM
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I don't jump but I know that when Im nervous.. and worried. .I make sure I get down what I am comfy with.. and build up confidence from there.. maybe set one jump in the area.. up a little higher.. and when you have a good day.. try it:)? Not sure:) hope I somewhat helped:)

http://www.horseforum.com/member-journals/sunnys-thread-160521/ << read about Sunny and I. Our journey
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-13-2012, 05:59 PM
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With jumping, sometimes you do need to go a bit out of your comfort zone. Just jump at your comfortable height until you feel confident enough to jump higher. Maybe you could make the 18 inches you are currently comfortable at scarier. Put flowers or saddle pads on it, something to make it seem more difficult.

One thing I do is jump stuff that I don't know the height of. When I fox hunt I'll jump 3'6" - 4' and not even know it until the person who set up the jump tells. Just do things at your own pace until you feel ready.
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Thanks for your reply. I suppose I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and go for it!
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