12-08-2012, 02:00 PM
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Anyone who gets on a horse can expect to fall. Of all falls very little - other than pride is hurt! Occasionally it comes to something more.
No one can get you over your worries except you!
It is up to you to be determined to get over thinking about falling - think that way and you will bite the dust.
I was always taught that you throw your heart over the fence and the horse will follow. It is true, if you are determined then the horse will jump it.
The fact that you say you would rather ride a horse that you know will refuse on a regular basis tells me that you are not riding into your fences but allowing the horse to carry you.
You have to ride every fence, on every horse as if it is going to refuse.
One thing I do dislike about the way people are taught to jump in the USA is to maintain the two point position throughout the jump, the approach the rider should be sitting up and using legs and seat, at take off they go into a forward position, slightly more forward whilst the horse is in the air and then sitting down as the horse lands and is going away from the fence.
If you are to forward going into the fence and a horse does refuse then you are already halfway off - ditto should he stumble on landing.
Watch videos on Youtube of event rider cross country and see just how far they lean back on landing and see how they have their seats in the saddle going into a fence.
Be determined and you will get over your worries.