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post #11 of 18 Old 11-11-2011, 07:09 PM
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I also agree that your lack of depth perception shouldn't stop you from jumping, competing, and winning. I doubt you would ever be able to train a green jumper because they require assistance from the rider to rate and get to the right spot for optimum takeoff, but if you ride a horse that is an experienced jumper, then I see no reason why you couldn't get to whatever height you chose to.

ETA: I would also be willing to bet that you will end up a better rider than many other folks because you would have to rely on feeling your horse much more than others, due to your sight problems.

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post #12 of 18 Old 11-12-2011, 12:31 AM
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one of my barn mates has a genetic disorder that has caused her to be completely paralyzed from the knee down. While most of us couldn't possibly imagine riding without our legs.... she not only rides, she is jumping the 2'9" hunter division successfully. So my thought is, with a good horse and an equally good trainer, you'll be jumping around in no time!

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post #13 of 18 Old 11-12-2011, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the advice and support, guys! You really are a lovely lot around here On Wednesday I'll talk to my instructor about learning to jump when I'm ready. I could imagine turning into one of those crazy eventers one day...with baby tortoise steps, of course :P I'd really enjoy the feeling that I'm not just "stuck with" flatwork if I could do a bit of jumping.

I'm so excited by the thought of riding with four hooves off the ground one day.
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-12-2011, 08:32 AM
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I have no depth perception/ peripheral vision as well. I've been jumping since I was 5. It doesnt really effect my riding, although sometimes I have trouble telling what angle a jump is at. I also have extremely poor vision and a lazy eye. I can technically see out of both eyes, but they don't know how to work together, so I only see out of one at a time. Im sure you will be fine, it just takes practice !

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post #15 of 18 Old 11-16-2011, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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During my lesson today I talked to my instructor about the possibility of me jumping with my eyesight and busted up knee (see other thread). I hiked up my stirrups and had a bit of a canter and trot in the two-point and I...did really well. I lost my balance and plopped back into the saddle a few times but for my first attempt I'm quite chuffed.

The horse I ride most of the time is apparently a really good horse to learn on because even if I muck up the strides he can easily take over and manage himself. I'm so happy right now it's not even funny!

Maybe my dreams of being an eventer aren't crushed yet...
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post #16 of 18 Old 11-16-2011, 02:08 AM
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What smrobs said is so true. People take many things for granted these days. If you are committed enough, and keep focusing on your dream of being an eventer, you may very well end up being the winner of many competitions. Find yourself the right horse, and the right instructor (which it sounds like you already have) and you will be able to do anything. Best of luck, keep us updated!

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post #17 of 18 Old 11-16-2011, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much, fellow rider from the Land Down Under :P And to all you other posters around here :)

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post #18 of 18 Old 11-17-2011, 07:36 PM
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If anything, I think your lack of ability to see it coming will make you a better jump. You will have to rely heavily on your horse to handle the jumping part which is what we're really supposed to be doing anyway. If you can't see it, you can't jump ahead. The best way to jump at the lower levels is to stay out of the horse's way and let them do their job. The ability to see distances doesn't come into play until the much more upper levels, so I wouldn't worry about it.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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