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post #1 of 6 Old 02-28-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Eeek! Starting lessons this weekend due to jumping fears!

I have been riding for roughly 20 years now. I've shown saddleseat, eng equitation, western pleasure, speed, trail... Pretty much everything except jumping.

So 2 years ago I tried my stallion over a few smallish jumps - he LOVES it! I took it very slow over the 2 years and had an experienced h/j rider ride him often. He really gives his all and will never refuse a jump but I'm having a hell of a time gaining confidence. And therefore have only jumped like 2 ft and under.

So I'm going to start taking lessons at a major h/j barn nearby this weekend! The game plan is to use one of their lesson horses for the first month or two and then, once I'm acclimated to the trainer and facilities, start bringing my boy for lessons on him.

I'm also going to continue working with the other rider and am building a few jumps for practice at home. I've made the instructor completely aware of my lack of confidence over jumps and that we need to take it "smooth and steady" for a bit while still pushing me.

I'm excited! BUT I don't understand why I'm so scared of jumps! You can give me a monster to ride on the flat, no fears of bucking/rearing/bolting/etc but that last 2 strides before a jump (even a cross rail) my mind goes haywire and I kind of freak out. :(
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Don't worry. They start to look small very quickly once it hits you how much fun it is. As long as your instructor lets you move at your own pace, you'll be fine.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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Don't worry, i used to feel the same way. i would look at the jumps from the ground and think "easy. no problem." but as soon as i was i9n the saddle, i would freak. As long as youy trust your horse (wich it sounds like you shoulld because of how you were talking about him earlier), you will be fine! i had to learn to jump on super easy ponies that knew exactly what to do, but now i am 4'7 on a semi-difficult horse with no fears! if your expecting the worst, the worst will happen. just imagine flying over the jump with perfect timing and form in those last 2 strides and you'll do great! Good luck!
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Hey, just remind yourself that at least ring jumps fall down if you fall on them, unlike XC. It helped me to get to some higher heights when I rode jumps.
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you will gain confidence once you get more experience and professional training, especially on a school horse who knows his/her job :)

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The first lesson went great! She had me doing small gymnastics on an experienced mare. At first I was freaking out about the single jump but by the end of the lesson I was doing the set of 3 without hesitation. They may not have been tall or been a course but it was a major confidence booster!
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