Jumped 3' for the First Time :D

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        06-26-2010, 07:38 PM
    Jumped 3' for the First Time :D

    L jumped 3' for the first time today! Thumper was, as always, perfect. L've been jumping him in my trainer's pelham for the past couple months, and l think it really gave me the confidence l need to get him to pay attention. We've dropped the pelham, now, and l jumped him in the snaffle for the first time in a while today!
    With him, you know you're doing something wrong when he speeds up. Lf you ride effectively, he's the best horse there is to teach you the ropes :). Soo, my trainer put the fences up to 3' today! We've been schooling 2'6 solidly unless l psych myself out, which l do. According to my instructor, l have the skills to move up, l just don't have the psychological part of it down yet :). So she didn't tell me until after my lesson when she measured the jump heights for my benefit :). (l probably wouldn't have believed her otherwise!)

    Thumper's so good to me; he puts up with all of my sloppy riding lol.
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        06-26-2010, 07:46 PM
    That's awesome! It's always exciting to try something new. I've had the 'raising-the-jump-but-not-telling-me' thing done to me too and it definitely works lol!
    I do the same thing in psyching myself out when I jump, but I push myself to do it anyway and it usually turns out just fine.
        06-26-2010, 09:08 PM
    Haha yeah, it always works for me . My trainer said that when she first started jumping fences around 4' or 4'6, there would be pictures of her staring up at the sky because if she looked at the jump she would psych herself out so much that she would stop riding :).
    Yeah, l guess l just need to push harder LOL. L know l can do it, l just start wondering if l should be jumping that height 2 strides out LOL. L'll get used to it eventually, l'm sure :)
        06-26-2010, 09:17 PM

    I am the same way, my coach will start out small and gradually increase the height as we go, which makes it much easier. Whereas if my Coach were to start out at the big height, I'd freeze and go into my fetal position.
        07-05-2010, 05:09 PM
    Looks good! I love your seat, and Thumper just looks like such a cutie :) Congratulations!
        07-06-2010, 02:27 PM
    Congrats! You guys looked great :)
        07-06-2010, 03:10 PM
    Your horse made that jump look about 2 ft tall. He just barely jumped over like it was absolutely nothing of concern, now that's adorable!
        07-06-2010, 03:25 PM
    Thanks everybody! Haha yeah he just kinda pops over anything under 3'3 or 3'6 :). The nicest thing about being able to jump over 2'6 now is that l don't have to worry about him rushing at that height :). L'm still working on getting him to rock back and pay attention over the lower fences, though! We tried a really cool exercise that seemed to help; you set up three fences with four or five strides in between and then jump one, then circle, then jump the next, then circle, then maybe circle again, just switch it up. Lt really helped to get him to follow my directions instead of doing whatever HE wanted!
        07-06-2010, 07:29 PM
    Yay you! You two are looking great!

    My instructer does the same thing as well, he will have us jumping a certain height, then suddenly while we aren't looking he will put it up a hole. We will jump it and still think it's the same height, but then he will tell us how high it is and then we think; "Wow, that wasn't all too bad".

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