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    07-08-2011, 02:53 AM

So I was riding a TB mare and it was my first time riding her, she has a weird jump so to get my position good for her jump we did the thing where you have a rope on their neck that you hold over the jump and I caught my finger on the rope or the reins, and almost ripped my finger nail off and yeah I'm not sure why but I was kind of tense after and more cautious but I didn't want to be, is there any way to like fix that because even though I felt fine and was like ok let's try again my body was just tense and stuff :/
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    07-08-2011, 02:55 AM
When I give lessons and my rider becomes too tense and stressed out, I'm not above asking them to dismount and have a wiggle. Literally. They are always feeling better when they get back on.
    07-08-2011, 02:58 AM
Sorry this happened I hope you are ok.

It sounds like she didn't place her jump right - how old is she? Has she done much jumping? If not, did you have a ground pole out to help with her striding?

You are going to be tense and stiff if you were hurt. Have you tried taking her over ground poles and getting used to that first?
    07-08-2011, 03:54 AM
I'm not sure of her age but she has done lots of jumping, she always wins in the hunter ring, and yes we did do ground poles and to practice too, she just gets scared of shadows under jumps which at the last second can cause her to think about it and then jump like a deer, and I'll be fine, it's just a finger and it hurts less and less to use every day.

Riccil0ve, I can honestly say you could make me get off but I would never stand there and wiggle, haha but I should try that one day
    07-08-2011, 04:07 AM
Ok I was worried from your post that the horse was not used to jumping. I am not familiar with the lead rope around the neck technique, so I cannot comment on that.

But wishing you well and heal up quick!
    07-08-2011, 04:58 AM
Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
When I give lessons and my rider becomes too tense and stressed out, I'm not above asking them to dismount and have a wiggle. Literally. They are always feeling better when they get back on.

Think I'll have a wiggle right now!
    07-08-2011, 10:30 PM
I assume you are talking about a jump strap. Not an actual "rope".
When I was little and first learning how to jump, my trainer gave me the option of a jump strap. But I always felt so much more confident just grabbing mane. This allowed me to release properly, while not getting my hands all caught up.
    07-08-2011, 10:47 PM
Maybe wearing gloves will help. You can buy pretty good heritage ones for $5 at some tack stores or on ebay/amazon.
    07-09-2011, 02:12 AM
It looked like a rope to me haha, and I'm very picky about gloves, they tend to affect my grip so I prefer not using them
    07-09-2011, 02:25 AM
Wiggling sounds good, what works for me is taking a few good deep breaths in, and then out, letting all the tension and stress out with it, it's just amazing how Mr G calms down and softens when I do that

You hear you about gloves, I used to hate wearing them, but had to for dressage, and now I actually like wearing them, but you have to find the right pair

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