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        01-05-2009, 10:51 PM
    If you're jumping 2'6 no problem, 3 inches won't really make that much of a difference to the horse. All you need to worry about is preparing your horse and steering him straight into the jump, and let him worry about the height. Also as said before, ride into every jump like it's 18 inches. My trainer had me do that last lesson and it was the best jump course we had ever done hands down.
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        01-08-2009, 11:33 PM
    You know, when my students come to me with similar issues, I do a few things. First, I treat it the same as if I was training a horse, and that horse needed confidence over fences. I'd do the smaller stuff til the horse was bored, and wanted to do more, and then I'd raise the fences. From time to time I'll also bury a bigger jump in the middle of a combo/grid where it's got a nice easy flow to it, and the horse (and rider) won't notice as much.

    From there, I'll also make a point to keep the student talking to me about how they are doing and what they are feeling between fences and take their mind off the jump itself (not on approach! After jumping around the ring!). I've been known to raise the fence a hole or two when the student isn't facing, in a non-obvious way, and then after they've jumped it, said oh hey, did you realize that I raised the fence and it's higher? That ONLY works with the right student though. Some of my students I would freak out if I did that. Others don't even notice and are nervous, but as long as I tell them it's not that high, they are like oh okay cool! So take that advice with a grain of salt and don't push yourself if you're not ready.

    Often I'll say yeah that's 2'6". And they will say are you sure? I say yup, same height we've been doing. The rail is just skinner/fatter/different color etc. and that's why it looks different. Then when they are done I'll go nope it was 2'9" and check that out you just jumped it in both directions 3x each with ease ;)

    Most importantly, be patient with yourself and know that repetition pays off best imo. Pushing yourself too hard too fast can result in a loss of confidence that takes ages to rebuild. Far better to be bored for a few weeks than to spend months rebuilding b/c you were overfaced and scared - and it doesn't take a fall to feel that way. Sometimes you CAN make it over the fence and still have your confidence shaken. Trust your gut (and your instructor assuming you work well together) and above all, BREATHE! Good luck!
        01-09-2009, 06:44 AM
    Sorry as norm I run round the forum and never have time to read everything, so I have just read your first post and haven't seen what everyone has to say sorry. First of all congrads on progressing and I'm sure your instructor is confident in your skills to be raising the bar.
    I had/have confidence issues sometimes and I find the best way to get rid of it is concentrate on something else than the jump, size etc, I ride a course like there is no jumps just lead changes. Ever ridden a flying change a true flying change is like a mini jump. I concentrate on the horses rhythm and my breathing. When coming into a fence breath in and then out flying change hehe. But also just keep up the practice get to know your ride, the better you know your horse you will find you feel most things before they happen so you will always feel prepared for what lies ahead ie. Jump will be fine striding is good horse is going well or horse is slightly hesitant or unsure may be a bit of odd jump. Basically what I am trying to say in a long winded way condifence on horses I feel is a trust cause in reality you are trusting a large animal to travel you safely thru a course, if you know and can fee what is ahead it feels much safer so in turn you will feel safer!

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