ls This Normal?
Recently (as of June/July), my trainer has been putting the fences up to 2'9 and 3'. Just today she put them up to 3'3, and our first time over Thumps got a bit of a surprise, caught his knee (not normal for him lol) and tripped after the jump. Thanks to my habit over the higher fences of jumping ahead (yuck), l took a tumble. l tried a couple more times, but he stopped every single time. l know that it was completely my fault :S. l'm fine up to 3', but anything over that l just... second-guess myself. About six strides out l'm just like, "Hold on, am l ready to be jumping this height? Should we be going this fast? Am l setting him up to a bad distance?" et cetera, et cetera... Needless to say, Thumper gets a bit confused and stops :). lt didn't help that there is a summer camp at my barn and all of the little 10 year olds came up to watch... my trainer says that it's good for me, though, to get used to riding in front of crowds :). (and l'm sure she's right)
ls this normal? l know that if it's my first time at this height, it's not going to be perfect, but it just felt... abnormally bad. l get so frustrated when l have a lesson like this, because l'm at the point where l'm not quite consistent, l'm about 75% there, and l know that l CAN do it, it just doesn't always happen, lol. l guess l'm just looking for encouragement that this isn't so completely uncommon... And thank you for reading my long post of complaints :).