Originally Posted by jinxremoving
Don't be nervous! When I was first learning to jump whenever I felt nervous or not 100% confident in myself, my refusal and run-out rate with the horse was always extremely high. Only when I started being confident in myself did my jumping start to really improve... and whatever you do, focus on something beyond the jump and never look at the jump. It's a common bad habit to look at the jump and it's one of the worst things you can do. Always look ahead to prepare for your next move. :)
Agreed. DO NOT LOOK AT THE JUMP AS YOU GO OVER. Look at the end of the arena, find a spot in the middle of the jump but past it, a knot in the would, some dirt on the rail, a post, anything really. Just let the jump happen, don't over think it.