Hi my name is Sean I started riding about 3-4 months and I just started cantering 2 days agO and I thought it was grreat :P but then you have your friends talkin about how they do jumping and realy cool stuff. That makes me feel so dumb.
Sean, don't ever allow people around you to make you feel bad about where you are in your riding.
I would far rather see a rider who learns their basics, strong fundamentals. Establishing a strong lower leg, a strong seat and learning how to use their aids properly - learning control, rhythm, walk, trot, canter, and how to do them properly - - - way before I see someone going over fences with unfunctional form.
Be proud of yourself and where you are. Take this opportunity to not rush yourself, to be sure you learn the basics first, learn to strengthen yourself in the saddle - beacuse when you do get to the point of going over fences...you will be that much better. Jumping isn't the be all, and end all of riding. There are allot of people going over fences....but ask yourself "does that make them a good rider?"
To the OP - we all go through this! I have gone through it and still going through it.
Due to my TB's feet and going through corrective shoeing, I haven't been able to ride him all winter. My new Farrier has been working on correcting those angles of his and allowing those heels to grow out - so I have to start, alll the way back at basics come spring.
It is frustrating because we achieved so much over the season of 08' - and now we took huge steps, backwards.
When we get back in the saddle, I am going to have to re-establish my lower leg. Lots of work back on the lunge line, lots of hacking to get conditioned. I have to go back small fences to reconstruct our training.
Everything, I have to go back to the start.
But at least his feet are being corrected.