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post #1 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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I tense up before I jump!

About two months ago I broke my hand. Me and my horse were jumping 3' 3" . He had never jumped at that height before so he was approaching it spooky. He stopped in front of it and I kept going! my hand got twisted in the reign weird and I broke it.

Ever since then I get a little bit nervous when my trainer raises the jump height. We were jumping large the other day and I missed every distance( and he was spooky) . I tensed up before each jump and I think he sensed it. He's only 5 and been in training for about a year now. Any help?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 01:26 PM
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explain to your trainer your confidence level is not up to what shes asking and go back to lower jumps until you and your horse are comfortable and can jump the smaller jumps w/o your horse spooking
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 01:32 PM
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You could ask for a lunge lesson over jumps, so you only have to concentrate on yourself rather than controlling your horse too :)

A tip I found in an old riding book recommends that you look away when approaching the jump so that you don't see whats ahead of you, maybe you could incorporate this into a lunge lesson if you do decide to go for it? :)

And agreed with FR above, theres nothing wrong with practicing over low jumps until your confidence is back up, even trotting poles are a good place to start!

Wish you the best of luck, dont worry about pushing yourself too hard. Riding is ment to be FUN Always end your sessions on a good note soo you can look forward to the next :)
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 02:29 PM
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I would ask your instructor if you could ride a school master at that height, to regain your confidence. That way you can transfer that to your horse.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 09:18 PM
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Anytime I feel overfaced, the consistently successful solution is always to take a step back. Jump 18" until you're bored. Raise on hole and repeat. You'll get back to 2'3" soon enough.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 10:05 PM
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Thumbs up Don't be afraid, good advice is here!!

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explain to your trainer your confidence level is not up to what shes asking and go back to lower jumps until you and your horse are comfortable and can jump the smaller jumps w/o your horse spooking
This is an excellent piece of advice. It would help you and your horse, and is best in the long run. Riding is fun, don't worry too much.

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 10:52 PM
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Go back to the jumps you are comfortable with, and stay there until you are ready to face more.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 10:54 PM
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On the band wagon, keep it small until you get bored with it.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 11:14 PM
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I tense up too & I only jump 18"!!!!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 11:33 PM
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I have been told before to look at something after the jump ( something like a tree? the fence?) that way you arnt as worried about the jump which then your horse will also not be worried.

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