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.