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post #11 of 17 Old 08-06-2010, 11:36 PM
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Maybe tell your trainer not to share heights until after your lesson..possibility Good Luck!
That's a great idea. I'm not jumping squat lately, but a few times last year my trainer did that. I thought I was jumping 2' and it was closer to 2'6". Silly me didn't even notice she put the rail up. As she pointed out afterward, 2' is pretty much nothing to a horse, so it was basically the same jump with just no enhancements coming from my brain.

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post #12 of 17 Old 08-10-2010, 11:32 PM
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I agree. Ask her to set up multiple jumps at diffrent heights and not tell you which ones and 3'3. If you don't know what your jumping you can't freak out about it :)

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What Lone said.
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-11-2010, 12:22 AM
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yeah, your horse can feel you right down to your breathing...when you freak, he freaks
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-03-2010, 08:08 AM
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normal. Be confident and he will take that confidence. I literally ride to a fence going ' go littl brooko, go bum go!!" outloud. It gives me more confidencee too ha
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-03-2010, 08:44 AM
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well first off (you wont want to here this) you should get a new trainier...i was like you. I was taking a lesson and after about a week or two I started getting realy fustraited, because I just couldn't jump 3' I was affraid, because the first time I jumped (like you) I fell. And the horse I was riding felt I was nevouse and afraid and kept dodging it. After about 2 monthes of working just doing that and my trainer telling me do it do it, I got afraid of jumping all together. But I wouldn't tell anyone. Eventually my mother pulled me out of that barn and I went to a new one and got comfterble jumping again. It took a long time but now I can jump 3' fine :) anyhow, my trainer at the new barn put it up o 2'6 and told me it was 3'. Then she told me to close my eyes right before my horse takes off and just jump it. I did. And right after that she moved it up to 3' for realy and I jumped it. It felt amazing! So I geuss i'm saying I think your trainer is pushing you to fast. I think you should get a new one...
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-03-2010, 10:11 AM
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well first off (you wont want to here this) you should get a new trainier...i was like you. I was taking a lesson and after about a week or two I started getting realy fustraited, because I just couldn't jump 3' I was affraid, because the first time I jumped (like you) I fell. And the horse I was riding felt I was nevouse and afraid and kept dodging it. After about 2 monthes of working just doing that and my trainer telling me do it do it, I got afraid of jumping all together. But I wouldn't tell anyone. Eventually my mother pulled me out of that barn and I went to a new one and got comfterble jumping again. It took a long time but now I can jump 3' fine :) anyhow, my trainer at the new barn put it up o 2'6 and told me it was 3'. Then she told me to close my eyes right before my horse takes off and just jump it. I did. And right after that she moved it up to 3' for realy and I jumped it. It felt amazing! So I geuss i'm saying I think your trainer is pushing you to fast. I think you should get a new one...
I have to reply to this post. As an instructor, we can only read so much body language, so if you don't tell us something is up, if you don't communicate your fears and help us help you, then of course we don't know something is wrong! I hope switching instructors helped you, but please don't badmouth your old one, it seems to me that there wasn't much communication and feedback from you.
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l don't think l need a new trainer; as Charis mentioned, instructors can't read minds. And l'm pretty much hopeless at communicating worries, etc. LOL. L think l may be getting more used to the 3'3 height; l haven't have much of a chance to jump Thumper for the past month or so, and did mostly flatwork while jumping other horses in lessons (whole 'nother story, completely unrelated to any issues we were having haha). Today my instructor set up a couple fences- a vertical, an oxer, and a hogs back, and we worked up to the 3'3 hogs back which went extremely well :). L think my problem is that when l doubt myself, l ride backwards to the fences... a recipe for disaster! So that's my next issue to correct :P Thanks for all the advice! Lt's really helpful :)


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