how to over come it? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 01-10-2009, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 241
• Horses: 4
how to over come it?

I have been riding for a long time now, but I have only been jumping for a year and a half, and I have noticed lately that right before I go into the ring, I get worried and nervous, once I get over the first jump I am fine and the rest of the courses after that are fine , but when I first get on I don't feel like jumping, I don't want to quit jumping, but I want to overcome this fear, I really am not afraid of falling or getting hurt, I don't know why I get so nervous, what do you guys do when this happens?
myboydoc is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 11 Old 01-10-2009, 10:31 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,268
• Horses: 2
It sounds to me just like show nerves. Since you haven't been jumping for that long, I think you're just a bit insecure in your abilities. Be confident! Know that you can do it! I think everyone gets a little nervous at shows, but as you continue getting more experience, you'll feel much better. I know that's how it is for me. So, don't worry too much and don't put too much pressure on yourself. Before you go in take a few deep breaths go over the course a few times in your head, and just go have fun.
Strange is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 01-10-2009, 10:37 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 117
• Horses: 2
How often do you jump? Is it your choice when you do it, or is it your trainers?

If you jump every single lesson, you might want to just have some flat lessons. Maybe then you won't be nervous when you go into the ring? On the other hand, if your trainer is the one who is telling you to go over that first jump, perhaps you should find one who understands your fear and tries to get you comfortable as well? Then when you feel comfortable you start jumping, so it is your decision, not someone else's.

Not understanding your full situation, these are the best ideas I can come up with, so I'm sorry if they're not much help.

A strange thing kind of similar is happening to me right now..but the opposite LOL. At my last trainer, I rode her horses and I was terrified going over jumps, especially when she raised them. Even the 19 year old former hunter who was totally seasoned and a great horse to re-learn how to jump on terrified me over jumps. Now that I'm teaching my own horse how to jump, a horse that is much greener and much younger, I am as brave as can be. I even, on a whim, decided to raise the jump to 2 feet on him just for fun, even though he hadn't quite gotten the concept of jumping. On other horses, I was a nervous wreck before I jumped a 2' for the first time. I think it is because I trust him so much more, because I know more of his history. That might have something to do with your worry as well...

Good luck with your fear!!!!!


steph is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 01-11-2009, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 241
• Horses: 4
Thanks, my old trainerdid force jumping on us, but I ahve a new one now and we are getting to work on dressage a lot, and really, the thing with jumping is at home too, not just a t shows, but when I jump every day I don't enjoy it, but when I am away from it some, I can't wait to get back into it. And part of it may be that my new horse Sampson is a great horse, but he is new to jumping where my other horse Doc was the best jumper ever, never ran out or had problems. The switch was kinda hard, but I will try what you guys said with taking afew days of just flat work, I think that will help a lot. thanks so much!
myboydoc is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 01-11-2009, 02:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 426
• Horses: 0
Are you sure it's because you are scared? Sometimes with me I can't tell the difference with being scared or EXCITED!!! If it is that you are scared, I agree with the others-take a little brake from jumping.
horsegirl123 is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 01-11-2009, 05:16 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: North-east, US
Posts: 53
• Horses: 1
When you get nervous just working on trotting a billion cross rails or tiny verts! I had to do that for years before I felt comfortable. And it is great for your new horse who is a little green to jumping just to get the feel over little things.
huntseat7 is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 01-11-2009, 05:24 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,474
• Horses: 0
Are you sure it's because you are scared? Sometimes with me I can't tell the difference with being scared or EXCITED!!!
Thats what I was going to say I'm the same at shows until after the first jump.I haven't really found a cure but you are riding for fun so don't get to worried. If you fall, you fall, you hope the photographer gets pictures and you buy them and laugh later

A good horse can never be a bad colour...
moomoo is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 01-11-2009, 06:17 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 13,437
• Horses: 1
Ah, it probably is show nerves, or inside you are scared/excited. ;) You could take a break from it, that may help. But then again, that might not be a good idea, as if you get back into it (after a break) it may start up again. I think just keep going with it & thinking "it's okay! I do great when I get in there, etc.*- I think it's just show nerves. I get them a lot, but when I'm in the ring doing the jumps it's all a breeze! Just take it easy & have fun with it.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 01-12-2009, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 241
• Horses: 4
thanks guys, I really don't know why I get this way, cause I am not scared of falling off or anything I just get nervous, but I think that doing what you guys said like a few day add jumping a nd a few only do flat work will help alot, before I was jumping every day. I am already feeling better about it!
myboydoc is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 01-13-2009, 02:57 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NC
Posts: 4,761
• Horses: 6
You said the horse you are riding is pretty new to jumping too - some of it could be that he still hasn't found his balance and rythm yet and it could make you nervous because the jumps are a little off. Definitely keep everything small, but maybe try to jump a more seasoned horse again to see if that is the problem?

"Keep a leg on each side and your mind in the middle"
apachiedragon is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome