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    04-19-2010, 10:18 PM
  #21
Trained
Well Writer....if I can do it, so can you!

Gypsie - it kills me and frustrates me to no end. I get so angry at myself, but as my Coach said, I cannot dwell on the negativity, I have to move forward and create positivity.
     
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    04-19-2010, 10:22 PM
  #22
Super Moderator
You are a really nice rider! You are doing a great job with your horse. I especially like your effective (and solid) lower leg. Good job!

You can start really looking for those distances. Look for where you can lengthen the stride, or shorten it, to get to those jumps just right. Set up distances with a pole on the ground. Say, a three stride, then work to fit four strides or three, or even two strides to get over the pole nicely. It is great training. Do this with four (three/five) stride distances etc etc...

You are going to be extremely competitive, going the way you are.

BTW, good thing your dog isn't here. I ride a couple of notorious russel stompers, and rat terriers are almost the same!!
     
    04-19-2010, 11:01 PM
  #23
Trained
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You are a really nice rider! You are doing a great job with your horse. I especially like your effective (and solid) lower leg. Good job!


You are going to be extremely competitive, going the way you are.
Really?!?! *rubs eyes* Where are you seeing this rider? I really thank you for the compliments! Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the encouragement, but I just don't see it. Maybe it is beacuse we are our hardest critics?

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LOL, Dixie. She's my Princess!

She grew up at the Fox Hunting/Eventing Barn I was at *ok, she's only just over a year old* where she was around many horses who don't blink an eye at a dog.

Nelson, is a seasoned Fox Hunter himself, and doesn't get phased by dogs running around his feet.

The issue is - now that we are at a new barn, both Anubis and Dixie do not seem to understand that the horses here, aren't like the horses back at the other barn.
     
    04-20-2010, 02:23 AM
  #24
Weanling
I must admit I was kinda hoping that your dog would jump the fence after you. Funny watching this little white thing hooning around after you :P

You did really well to start overcoming your fears! I wish I could... If anything gets over 90cm, I totally freak out. It's a huge push for me to even do 90cm and I'll only do it on my friends mare. I trust her jumping more than I've ever trusted jumping on any other horse, yet I still psych myself out. I won't go higher than 80cm on any other horse.

That mare has given me back so much confidence I lost on my old show jumper. He used to charge at fences like he was going into battle... I must give him credit though, he never spooked at a jump until we did D Grade. That STARTED at 90cm and went up to 1.10M. Yes. Meters. He knew I wasn't ready so he balked a ton in the warm up and that really shook me for the course. I was a wreck and was nearly vomiting from nerves by the time I was at jump 4.

I spent the summer building myself back up after terminating my lease on the crazy horse. I can now compete a 90cm equitation course and place well. But ask me to go higher on ANY other horse but that mare, I'll do 60cm. 70cm if you're lucky.

Kudos to you for pimp slapping your fear. Sorry for the rambling
     
    04-20-2010, 08:33 AM
  #25
Trained
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Kudos to you for pimp slapping your fear.
*chokes on coffee* HAHAHAHAHA!!! THANKS! That's halarious, I like that. Pimp slapping.

No worries about your rambling, I appreciate you sharing your story and your fear. I hope that my story will help you in your progression of "bitch slapping" your fears!
     
    04-20-2010, 07:59 PM
  #26
Started
Yay! Stadium jumping used to scare me too. I still am a little nervous cantering jumps, couldn't tell you why. I also have lots of excuses not to jump, "Oh well Zu's really up today so I should just do flatwork", was one for a long time. But then one day my trainer asked if I wanted a jumping lesson and I pretended I wasn't scared and we did okay. I'm not at the point where I'd want to canter a course on Zeus yet, I'd probably die, ha ha, but we'll get there soon enough. Keep it up! You two are awesome!

     
    04-20-2010, 08:52 PM
  #27
Weanling
LOL - so the jumps that fall down when you hit them scare you, but the solid ones that end in ditches are cool! A true eventer at heart. :)

Kudos to you for facing your fears. You probably already thought of this, but I'll bet it isn't the jumps you are scared of, it is your reaction or lack thereof that you fear. You messed up and had a bad fall and now you're afraid you'll do it again.

Right now, your videos look like you are just a passenger (albeit a competent one), taking whatever spots you arrive at, probably because you don't trust yourself to make a decision. I agree about working on your eye and your distances - poles, cavellittis, bounces, in-and-outs. I'd work a lot on small single jumps and changing up your distances, taking longer and shorter spots and noticing which ones you get. Once you're solid smaller, move up. Knowing that you can see the distances and move or check to take them will make you more confident with your ability to safely and effectively navigate a stadium course. Remember, if you don't see a spot several strides out, do something (move up, slow down) to make one.

Can't wait to see more videos as you progress - Good Luck!!!
     
    04-20-2010, 10:16 PM
  #28
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
*chokes on coffee* HAHAHAHAHA!!! THANKS! That's halarious, I like that. Pimp slapping.

No worries about your rambling, I appreciate you sharing your story and your fear. I hope that my story will help you in your progression of "bitch slapping" your fears!
I'm really hoping that when I start my 3yr olds training, as he grows and jumps bigger that I'll be able to go with him.
He jumps things in the paddock after the other horses at 80cm and he shows a natural talent for it. I just hope that I don't hold him back when the time comes for him to be jumping that big - and more - with me.
Stupid mental blocks *shakes fist*
     
    04-20-2010, 10:19 PM
  #29
Weanling
Alright MIEventer - if you can do it, so can I. I think I will have someone videoing at the clinic this weekend, and if I do I'll post some videos as well. And you are doing great, by the way. Just remember, this is FUN!
     
    04-22-2010, 01:49 AM
  #30
Started
I need a coach like yours! Even just watching those videos makes my heart race... I've never even had an accident, I've fallen off over fences but nothing terrible and yet stadium still freaks me out so much. I enjoy setting up like one or two little tiny fences and jumping them, but raise it higher than 2' or add more than say 2 or 3 fences and there's no way I'm doing it! Your story gives me hope that maybe I can get over it!
     

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