Jumping Lessons Round 3 for me! Anyone else switching disciplines to jumping?

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    01-14-2014, 07:42 PM
Jumping Lessons Round 3 for me! Anyone else switching disciplines to jumping?

I guess I'm just looking for a little support here, and maybe this will turn in to a diary of my progress or of a place for other riders like me to share their experiences.

Anyways, I'm an experienced rider who hasn't had a formal trainer in the last couple of years. I've mostly ridden on a drill team and taught beginner lessons, rather then focusing on my own skills. It's been awhile since I've jumped, roughly 5 years, so I'm worried about how this will go. I've found a jumper trainer that moved into a barn I spent some of my childhood in so that's a comfort of sorts. This trainer knows I've ridden for roughly 16 years but haven't jumped much at all. Talk about hoping I don't look silly or like I may have overstated my skills! My lesson with her is tomorrow morning, I'll be on a older school master that loves to pack kids around and I found out last night that my half chaps are broken....I'm already nervous about being back in breeches and paddock boots again instead of my comfty wranglers and boots, now I'll have to sport the no half chap look all lesson? Yikes! Lol.

Any other adults who are maybe switching disciplines? I love to ride as many styles as I can, it's never boring and only teaches you things.

Any good jumping videos/articles I should check out? I'm not clueless...just looking for guidance?
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    01-24-2014, 05:15 PM
Well, after a few years in hunters, I moved overseas and rode cross country. Then I got pregnant and moved back home to the US. When DD was 6 months old I decided that I was ready to get back in the saddle and decided that hunters wouldn't be exciting enough after XC so I found a jumper coach.

I was SO out of shape I couldn't hold a 2 point for more than a few strides...at a walk... and had a bad fall over a low jump in my second lesson (more mentally than physically).

But my coach is great and I'm tenacious. I've been back at it for a year and while progress is slow, there IS progress to be proud of. Finding a great coach was key: he pays as much attention to my level of fitness as he does to my technique and both have improved. And my coach reminds me to "enjoy the journey". So that is what I'm doing. :)
    01-24-2014, 05:49 PM
Yay! I was about to come update this thread, glad I'm not the only one jumping back in after time off. I'm currently only riding once a week for 30 mins but will soon be either going twice a week for 30 mins or once a week for an hour...just hoping to get my sea legs so to speak back and I know I personally ride better when I do it more often.

My first lesson was Wednesday of last week, so a little over a week ago and I was frankly a little embarrassed. This trainer is a sticker for form and rider fitness, which is good as hard as it is going to be on me lol. We didn't even canter or do poles :( instead I did A LOT of standing in the tack at a halt, walk, trot. My posting for the first time in years SUCKED, I couldn't believe it! I ride an older, quite tall and a little round TB gelding. His slow, ground covering trot threw me for a loop.

My second lesson was just on Tuesday. Still no canter, but I did trot a big line of poles multiple times. Still did plenty of standing in the tack but this time she had me work on the half seat instead of just standing straight up. Luckily she says my eq isn't too bad, it's all about rider fitness at this point. However, I started having some real pain on the outside of my right leg. Think I was carrying all my weight in the outside edge of my foot because the muscle running from the outside of my knee straight down to the round bulbous bone of the ankle is very sore. So thanks to this I did sitrrup-less sitting trot to give my leg a break.

I'm currently just torn about knowing the importance of moving slow to build correct form and fitness etc but I also want to start seeing some progress, and some dang cantering! (I'm only slightly chomping at the bit lol) soon. Now looking at a possible injury already? I'm not this old!

Are you planning on showing or getting back into the sport just because every horse girl needs some horse time?
    01-24-2014, 09:11 PM
I used to ride (sloppy) western and changed disciplines to hunter/jumper english. That was an epic change, that's for sure. I had never posted a trot in my life before my first english lesson, nor was a I particularly pretty at most things english.

Be patient and go with the flow. I won't say that having a hard-arsed coach won't benefit you in the end, although don't be afraid to speak up and remind him/her that you're not a 14 year old kid and your body needs a little bit of time to catch up. ;)

It sounds like you're way ahead of where I was when I started, and I was cantering within 3 lessons, and doing crossrails (expectedly badly) a few lessons after that. You'll probably find you progress very quickly once you get in the groove.

I still, to this day, kind of suck at jumping, but I never stuck with it long enough to get good, so it's my own fault. Don't get me wrong, I can jump...when I slowed down on formal lessons I was doing verticals at a canter, but I'm by no means "show-level" graceful while I'm doing them, that's for sure. ;)
    01-25-2014, 03:32 AM
Hi PrivatePilot! My man's a pilot and I have to say the more he talks me into flying with him the more I enjoy it. We're in San Diego so this last flight we took consisted of me ogling at horse property while he flies!

Anyways, thanks for chiming in! I'm hoping at only 22 my body won't have too much of a learning curve but who knows. I've taken jumping lessons twice before but the first time I was under the age of 10 and I now know that trainer wasn't as knowledgable as one may want in an instructor. That resulted in cantering a few verticals and learning the basics of jumping form but nothing else. Round two of jumping lessons was having me jumping fairly quickly and trying to learn combos but I had terrible timing to get up into my jump position and adjusting/counting strides so I'm useless past doing a jump or toe at a time lol.

I'm very excited for this journey though. This trainer and some of her more advanced students are showing locally, as in 10 minutes from my house, this Sunday so I'm heading out to watch and bond a bit more with the barn. They seem very relaxed and non judgemental which I'm very excited about. Would be nice to have some horse friends so close to home.
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    01-25-2014, 07:36 AM
22? Well, FWIW, I'm almost twice your age. At 22 you should be able to get back into the groove pretty quickly again I'd think. When you're in the 40 range the body starts to question some things, like riding. ;)

If your instructor is trying to get you to do combos when you're still mastering timing, I'd ask (or rather, tell) her that you think you're moving too fast. Go back to the basics and work on your timing with perhaps 2 well spaced jumps on a single line and work on your single jump timing before working on combos.

To this day, when I find myself in the arena, that's still what I work on - while the more advanced riders are doing courses with all sorts of complicated tight turns, rollbacks, etc etc (*cough cough*, my daughter), I often just ask for a simple outside-outside course and work on my timing, which honestly, is the worst part of my jumping.
    01-25-2014, 12:58 PM
I am not currently trying combos thank goodness, that was a former trainer who rushed me past learning correct timing. My current instructor seems to have no problem taking it slow, which I know is beneficial at this point. I'm the one chomping at the bit, but I know it's just excitement from being back in the saddle after some time off.
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    01-29-2014, 06:10 PM
So I had lesson number three today and got off the horse happy with myself! My first two lessons had honestly left me a little embarrassed and feeling like this is going to be a longer and more painful journey back then I thought but today gave me some hope.

My posting in the first two lessons had me feeling like a beginner. I am riding a larger, older and rounder TB gelding who is beyond sweet and babysitter like but his trot is so slow and jarring compared to what I have ridden in the past that it has been throwing me for a loop. The trainer and working student assure me he's a hard horse to get a grasp of but if I can do it on him, I can do it on anyone. I know that saying from when I taught lessons myself, I didn't say it if it wasn't true so I hope that's the case here. Today I didn't double bounce when I reached the lowest point of my posting, and my leg was floppy but not as bad as last week. I even got to jump this time! Small, itty-bitty jump, that schoolmaster Clifford liked to over exaggerate. I literally fell onto his neck the first time and the second time wasn't much prettier. By the 3-4 time I was getting better and we ended when I was looking/feeling strong. I have tons to work on but feeling good right now :)

More good news was that my ankle held up this week. At the first sign that I was favoring it and causing problems to my other ankle I took a walk break to roll my muscles out and skipped the half seat for a lap. I have been making a conscious effort to do roughly 45 mins of cardio a day this last week and I'm wondering if that's what has helped in my lesson and strength. Either way I will be keeping it up as well as at least 25-50 squats a day and some time in a plank position. It certainly can't hurt!
    02-07-2014, 07:16 PM
Ok I had my fourth lesson today. Glad I'm keeping track here, I will appreciate being able to come back and watch my progress later.

Today went beautiful :) Picked my half chaps up, new zippers and all, from the repair shop and decided to wear my western boots under them to ride this time. I realized a lot of my ankle pain was coming from my uncomfortable pair of paddock boots that I picked up on consignment, they just aren't breaking in and are too narrow for my foot. Riding in my favorite western boots was just as good as always so no pain today! My walking to stay fit is also showing itself as today I didn't tire out as fast and had more control of my body, much like I'm used to feeling like in the saddle.

I even got to jump a decent sized cross rail today :) Clifford, my lesson horse, was nice and steady over the pole/fence giving me time to work on myself and I felt really good.

It's falling into place, I'm using my leg better, his bouncy trot isn't throwing me for quite the loop anymore and my position over fences is beginning to take shape!
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