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post #11 of 29 Old 01-05-2012, 08:29 AM
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Duffy, from my experience the progress truly depends on instructor, not so much on horse. So if you find a good eventing or jumping instructor I'm positive you could do it. My dressage trainer while she jumped too years ago told me on spot that she won't teach me jumping, because it's not her specialty. I'm taking lessons with the eventing instructor (who is very much like my dressage trainer in her teaching and approach, so it works for me).

You have NO idea lol, every time I jump I freeze.. even if the horse jumps well, I generally fall off because I've frozen from fright

I'll look in to it when it comes, going to free jump her first to assess what she does ( I am not getting if she's a nutter) and see how we go... even talking about it makes me feel sick to my stomach!
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post #12 of 29 Old 01-05-2012, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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You have NO idea lol, every time I jump I freeze.. even if the horse jumps well, I generally fall off because I've frozen from fright
I'm still telling you the good instructor will make you to overcome this. No kidding. I was very afraid to jump when I started in Fall. Because of the bad experience in past (and I did jump like a sack of potato too). The instructor keeps your mind occupied and focused on something else so your body just relaxes/follows. See, that's the difference between the good instructor and (well) not so good.

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I'm still telling you the good instructor will make you to overcome this. No kidding. I was very afraid to jump when I started in Fall. Because of the bad experience in past (and I did jump like a sack of potato too). The instructor keeps your mind occupied and focused on something else so your body just relaxes/follows. See, that's the difference between the good instructor and (well) not so good.

If I could find the horse, I'd have a couple of trainers I would jump to use- its just finding a horse, none at our place REALLY jump, as in they're difficult and either too progressed for me, or will most likely take the micheal.. my farrier jumps just below PSG and has offered to teach if I can find a horse.. his is a little buger haha.

We'll see what the future brings.. thanks Val :)
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When I rode HUS ALONG time ago, my instructor made me jump with no reins and irons. She made me post without irons and she would put paper plates under my knees and tell me not to let them fall. She also put my horse on a lunge line and made me post with no irons and arms out at an extended trot. Man it got me in shape! She focused a lot on balance.
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My mom was my instructor and extra tough on me (hated her for it then, thank her now 20 years later), I wanted to jump something awful. My mom said yes, but you have to be able to do it bareback first. I think she thought I might give up on the idea but she was wrong so I learned that way. I've not jumped bb in 10 years, I think Missy & I shall set up a couple cross rails in the indoor this afternoon

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My mom was my instructor and extra tough on me (hated her for it then, thank her now 20 years later), I wanted to jump something awful. My mom said yes, but you have to be able to do it bareback first. I think she thought I might give up on the idea but she was wrong so I learned that way. I've not jumped bb in 10 years, I think Missy & I shall set up a couple cross rails in the indoor this afternoon
I love jumping bareback! Or, riding bareback in general!! I actually did it today, don't tell my coach though - I was meant to be doing some dressage schooling... Opps?

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Young cavalry trainees had to learn to ride like that. The horses were schoolmasters and knew there jobs. The trainees were eventually taken out of the arena and expected to do cross-country blindfolded. It was to teach them to trust the horse. That would be scarey.
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bareback and reinless over 80cm grid on a pony whos not the best jumper... yeah fun :)

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I can imagine just one stirrup being harder than no stirrups! Sounds scary closing your eyes though, I'd still like to try no hands to build up my balance :)
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Sounds scary closing your eyes though
It's surprisingly nice (on reliable horse of course). We started doing it already on 4th or 5th lesson. Helps tremendously to feel the horse movement and when it about to leave the ground.

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