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post #1 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question Some people...

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Well, two new students (sisters, 16 and 17) moved to the stable I board at, and they are show jumpers. When I ride or work with my gelding, they are always watching me, and when I finish, they always ask me why I didn't jump him. I always tell them that I've never jumped. Today when I told them this for the third time this week, them told me that if I can't jump, I shouldn't be riding. It got worse in the evening when one of the visitors asked me how long I'd been riding. One of them told her that I'd been riding for a while, but wasn't very good because I didn't jump. (Not that I am very good, lol) Also, they got the BO to let one of them ride my gelding in tomorrow's morning lesson. And them gloated over it, telling me that I'd see how wonderful he would be when she was riding him (For free board, I let them use my gelding in lessons) I was just curious, do you have to jump to be a good rider?

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post #2 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 09:48 PM
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Heck no you don't have to jump to be a good rider. Ignore those bullies. You don't have to jump to ride. That is just ridiculous. Look at all the dressage riders, not all of them jump either.
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post #3 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 09:50 PM
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No you don't, its a bunch of poop. Knowing how to stick your butt in the air doesnt make you a good rider lol. Take some lessons, ask your trainer where you are at experience wise. I used to do hunter/jumper when I was a kid, I now take dressage lessons and im a MUCH better rider then I ever was.

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post #4 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 09:56 PM
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Those girls seem pretty old to be acting like such brats. If I were you, I'd fill the BO in on the situation. As for you, you don't have to listen to a word those girls say. You don't have to jump to be a great rider. Not everyone has the same goals, just keep your eyes on your own prize :)
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post #5 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks :) The instructor asked me to ride one of her new mares in the lesson to get her used to riding with other horses, and hopefully follow my quiet gelding's example.(No jumping for her, just flatwork) So, those two girls are a tad annoyed that I get to be in their group lesson. And my gelding is going to learn how to jump!

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post #6 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 10:00 PM
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Jumping is not important in the matter of good riding. Good riding is having mutual respect between you and your partner. Good riding is having respect for your fellow riders. They have already shown you that, while they can jump, they are horrid at being good riders.
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post #7 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 10:01 PM
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Life is much simpler once you stop caring about this sort of drama
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post #8 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 10:02 PM
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If you REALLY want to get under their skin, the next time they are riding your boy and they start jumping, say, 'hey, thanks for teaching my horse how to jump, for free!'

Not that I approve of lowering yourself down to their level.....
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post #9 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 10:09 PM
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Don't respond in kind to their jabs. Don't get caught up in it. Don't let them determine your actions. Be respectful, Most of all to yourself. Put your efforts into your riding, not into your ego :)
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post #10 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 11:08 PM
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Wow.. They're how old? What a bunch of immature brats, I'm just above their age and I wouldn't even think of saying that. Plus I don't jump, pole bending's my thing, and I'm pretty sure I'm not a bad rider.
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