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post #1 of 4 Old 06-05-2010, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Fears

i was wondering i want to start jumping and stuff and i'm fine until my teacher says ok it's your turn how can i work over the nerves?
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-06-2010, 10:08 AM
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Nerves are okay! I've been jumping for years and I still get a bit nervous every time. Usually, however, the rush I get from it takes over and that's what makes it all worth it. When your nerves get so bad that you're not having fun anymore, that's when you've got to make some changes. Here are some tips for the nerves:

1. If the horse you ride is flighty or scary, ask for a steadier horse to ride while you're learning.

2. Watch the others go first so you'll have an idea of what it will be like.

3. Forget there's a jump there. Since you're beginning to learn how to jump, the jumps should be low enough that the horse will be able to handle it himself. Fix your eyes at some place in the background behind the jump and keep riding like you would going down the side of the ring regularly. Give a squeeze of encouragement as you approach the jump and let the horse do the jumping.

4. Pinpoint what exactly it is you're afraid of, and then make sure it doesn't happen. Are you afraid the horse will refuse? Add leg before the jump. Are you afraid the horse will go too quick? Take a deep breath, calm your own nerves, and sit back. etc

5. The horse can pick up on your nerves. Try taking deep breaths or singing a song to the rhythm of the horse's hoofbeats. Picture yourself being a big floppy noodle. Focus on relaxing one part at a time—legs, arms, neck, and so on.

Hope this helps!
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Keep the jumps tiny until you're incredibly bored, move jumps up and repeat. Don't be afraid to speak up if you don't feel ready to move up before your trainer wants you to. Go at your own pace. You'll know when you feel secure enough to move up.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-07-2010, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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ok thanks. but what i'm scared of happening is:

i have a weak right hip that i have a hard time putting weight on in two-point my trainers says i'm fine and ready to jump but when i've done it in the past i'm leaning on my left hip so i'm over on the left so as we land i'm not balanced and i fall onto his shoulders.
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