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    05-21-2011, 09:22 PM
  #1
Foal
Were you nervous to start jumping higher?

The highest I have ever jumped was a 21" vertical. Whenever I see the bigger jumps, I just get so intimidated. Previously, I wasn't able to jump them anyways because my horse couldn't do it. But pretty soon I'm going to get a new horse and I'm planning on doing some more serious jumping with him/her.

So, did you also get nervous when you just started jumping higher? And if so, how did you overcome it?
     
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    05-21-2011, 09:48 PM
  #2
Trained
Interested to hear replies! I'm stuck at 2'3 and get really nervous jumping anything higher...
     
    05-22-2011, 10:03 AM
  #3
Trained
I just finally graduated to 2'3". I jumped small stuff forever until they looked tiny and we were both bored. When I finally started jumping 2', it wasn't really a big deal. The only eye opener for me with larger fences is the need for added impulsion as the fences get larger. If you don't have it, it makes for a rough jump. Since impulsion can be practiced without jumping, I just made sure I had it on the flat before attempting the next jump up.
     
    05-22-2011, 10:26 AM
  #4
Foal
I was nervous just stay calm and relaxed and just put the pole higher gradually that's what I did I started jumping a year ago and i'm already jumping 3 foot high 2 feet wide bareback
     
    05-22-2011, 10:51 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by hillree    
The highest I have ever jumped was a 21" vertical. Whenever I see the bigger jumps, I just get so intimidated. Previously, I wasn't able to jump them anyways because my horse couldn't do it. But pretty soon I'm going to get a new horse and I'm planning on doing some more serious jumping with him/her.

So, did you also get nervous when you just started jumping higher? And if so, how did you overcome it?
I'm afraid I was one of those more reckless riders.. jumping 3'6" before I really was ready. I'm so glad I don't have any photos or now I'd be so embarressed.

If your not ready, work some more on the flat work. Maybe you don't feel you have a secure enough seat? Strenghten those leg muscles with a lot of gaits and transistions in two point. Find the basis of your worry and work on that. Is there a trust issue with the horse? Your trainer? Or do you just not feel ready? Find the source first and then you can start to work on the issues.

Be secure at where you are before moving forward. People have a tendancy to push themselves and/or their horses before they are ready. If others are pushing you, tell them its time to back off, that you'll move forward when you know you are ready. The world will not end if you don't jump 3'6" for another few years. Better to enjoy where you are then hurting yourself because you HAVE to get to the next level ready or not.

If you jump perfectly well at your current level then maybe you just need to tell yourself its time to move forward. Remind yourself of your previous level and how you moved forward from there.

One of the ways I also helped myself was jumping the jumps myself. (Try it in tennis shoes as boots are way difficult). Also do this on a firmer surface like the grass not the arena. If you can make it over a two foot fence think how easy it is for your horse who's can jump A LOT higher than you.

Hope this helps.
     
    05-22-2011, 10:54 AM
  #6
Trained
I forgot to add. I put a piece of masking tape at 2'3" on my wall to keep showing myself how small that still is. That's helped keep me from psyching myself out.
     
    05-22-2011, 10:57 AM
  #7
Foal
Thanks Crossover, that helps a lot! Yeah I sold my last horse over a year ago, and I haven't ridden since then. So I'll definitely be taking it slow when I start again. :)
     
    05-22-2011, 11:30 AM
  #8
Foal
The highest I've jumped is 2'9"
Yeah I was scared but since the horse was such a good boy it was alright =)
     
    05-22-2011, 04:06 PM
  #9
Weanling
I hope more people reply because this applies to me aswell :) im jumping 50cm at the minute and even to get to that height I just had to keep telling myself its tiny! I really want to jump higher and I think dealer is fed up jumping 50 when he can jump over 1m! Only problem is my jumps go up 20cm incraments so its all or nothing! Lol
Good luck :)
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    05-22-2011, 05:13 PM
  #10
Foal
Well...in my lessons I was jumping so small last year that I finally just got bored of it. I think that if you get used to something, the level up doesn't seem so much harder. I can now jump higher and when I see something bigger and want to jump it it's my trainer, not me that holds me back.
     

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