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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