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post #1 of 5 Old 04-04-2012, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Anxiety

I have diagnosed anxiety and it seems to hit me really bad before jumping lessons. It's not even the jumping part that bothers me I don't think. I think it has to do with the fact that the horse I jump is really fresh almost all the time.
It's not that I can't handle him, because my instructor says we work really well together, it's just that I get so nervous before lessons that I feel really panicked.
Once I get on it's usually perfectly fine. I'm just wondering if anyone else gets anxiety before lessons. Also if anyone knows any tips for calming and correcting a horse that bolts. He does it a lot and I often have to use a pulley-rein to get him back under control, but even then he gets really worked up.
He's a thoroughbred/hanoverian, so it's probably the thorougbred in him that makes him get more and more hyper as the lesson goes on. I just want to feel more in control when riding, therefore maybe I won't get so nervous beforehand.

If anyone can help, I greatly appreciate it. :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-04-2012, 04:13 PM
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I have anxiety before every ride. And I simply trail ride for pleasure. It hits me the moment I get to the mounting block... ok, foot in stirrup... hesitation... NO THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD RIDE... and on. Then i'm good.

I have natural anxiety though, im always thinking the worst. Did I mention I have 2 VERY safe, broke horses? A fresh horse... oh no, not me. But then again, I dont jump. I'm not of much help, but you surely are not alone.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-05-2012, 01:56 AM
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I'm always a bit nervous before my "big" jumping lesson. Saturday we jump full courses, anywhere between 3 ft and 3'9". So i tend to get a little worked up right before i ride on saturday. A few times around the course and i always feel much better.
BUT.... My horse is pretty well behaved. If my horse was taking me for a drag like your lesson horse, i would probably be pretty nervous too! The very first thing i would do is ask to try a different horse! A few confidence building lessons on a willing school master, might make you feel ready for the challenge of the other horse that needs a bit more of a confident rider. It is also your trainers job to keep his/her lesson horses tuned up! Your current horse may need someone to remind him of his job, and how he's expected to behave.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-05-2012, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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He's actually my lease horse and I'm normally confidant. I've been leasing him since October, and I suppose we're just hitting our 'rough patch' that every rider seems to go through when they get a new horse.
We had a very good lesson yesterday. Small jumps, just focusing on getting him calm and collected. I had him halt every time he got too excited, and it worked after a few times around the course.
We do 3' normally, and like you (above post) I have one big jumping lesson and one excercise/gymnastic jumping lesson a week.
I just get really nervous for the big lessons, but normally once I'm on I'm okay. He's just been really fresh lately and that's making it a bit more difficult, but I think we're on the right path to getting him calmer.
Thanks so much for replying :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-05-2012, 03:38 PM
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I was diagnosed with anxiety last year - I know how you feel. Maybe a lunge session before getting on and riding? I try to lunge my mare before getting on but I forget a lot! I do know that lunging really can calm a horse down before riding. Try to fit in about 20 - 40 minutes daily if you can. First try mightn't work so well but after a while you should see results.

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