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        10-16-2008, 09:56 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Ok so I thought I would give you all a little update I had a lesson tonight and I told my trainer that's it by the end of the night I want to jump 2'6 she smiled and said ok...so the lesson went on and we were jumping a twon stride across the diagnol and then a scary cross rail with flowers and barrels lol on the rail....so by the end of the night she put the 2nd fence to 2'6 I rode the first fence and didnt even flinch at the 2'6 jump we did it twice with no problems im so happy ill keep you all posted! Thank you all very very much for your support you are the ones who have given me the courage to take my first baby step in the right direction!!
         
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        10-17-2008, 11:16 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I was fairly fearless as a teenager too and when I got back into horses at 40 after a 12 yr. Break from them, I was still very confident. I was working with one of our 4 yr. Old geldings in a dressage lesson and when I asked for a canter, he tripped and fell on the first stride, taking me down with him. Rolled over my foot/leg and crushed my foot and ankle. I put the horse with a trainer to see if there were any issues. After I healed I took lessons again with the trainer and pretty much conquered my fear on that particular horse but now that my current colt is 4 yrs. Old and it's time to start learning to canter, I am freaked out! I feel like a chicken too but I just have these visions of him stumbling and going down and he's 18 hds. And much bigger than the other gelding! Sigh..... I am amazed at my fear, having never really had it before so I can totally understand what you are feeling. I'm going to have someone else canter my colt for me so I can watch and visually see that he will be fine. You might want to do that with your horse, just so you can see that he is safe and capable of jumping. Also, remember, you are riding for pleasure and if you aren't getting pleasure out of jumping, stop and do whatever it is that you love doing on horseback
         
        10-18-2008, 12:24 AM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by sonnysfirststar    
    ok so I thought I would give you all a little update I had a lesson tonight and I told my trainer that's it by the end of the night I want to jump 2'6 she smiled and said ok...so the lesson went on and we were jumping a twon stride across the diagnol and then a scary cross rail with flowers and barrels lol on the rail....so by the end of the night she put the 2nd fence to 2'6 I rode the first fence and didnt even flinch at the 2'6 jump we did it twice with no problems im so happy ill keep you all posted! Thank you all very very much for your support you are the ones who have given me the courage to take my first baby step in the right direction!!

    Good job!!!!
         
        10-21-2008, 08:16 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I went through a really rough patch like this too. Work on the little things for a bit and youll build up. Sometimes things happen that really rock a person's confidence
         
        10-27-2008, 07:32 PM
      #15
    Foal
    OK so I went tho the washington international horse show over the weekend it was awsome any way I was watching every one jumping these huge jumps we even watched the puissance where they were jumping 7' plus! So I came home and the next day went out to the barn with two of my friends who of coarse are younger and fearless any way we started playing ove a small fence and they kept raising it I just told them don't tell me how high so the number wouldnt scare me so jokingly they put it up to 2'9-3' the way the pole was it was closer to 3' any way they asked me if that was ok and I didnt even look I just said yes lol so I made my way around the ring and aproached the fence not even the slightest bit nervous lorado jumped it beautifully and then they told me how high it was! I jumped a few times in each direction and called it quits before something happened that would ruined the good experience but I have to say I think I might be getting a little bit of courage building up!
         

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