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post #1 of 13 Old 05-04-2014, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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What did I do to myself?!

Hey! I havent been on in so long! How are you all? I got throwen on april 20th.. I landed FLAT on my back, and had to be taken to the ER to see if I broke it. (I didnt) I had not been jumping before that because of my back. I have been riding a lot of dressage with my new horse. I really like it! Today, I went to jump, and I just didnt feel right.. I have been doing hunter/jumpers for 5+ years. I don't seem to like it anymore :( I used to LOVE it, but now I just don't feel right. I was going to go to a jumping show this weekend, but now I don't really want to.. Anyone else have this happen to them? Any ways to help this? I really want to jump, but I just don't know.... UGH!

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-04-2014, 12:46 PM
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If you don't want to-Don't do it. Listen to your gut!
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-04-2014, 05:16 PM
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if you really have no interest in jumping anymore than stop, but it sounds to me like you are holding back because of your fall (which is normal) did you feel youself not liking it anymore before the fall?
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-05-2014, 02:33 PM
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If you don't want to attend the show, then don't. It will do more harm than good to force yourself into it.

I think the human body/mind has a natual instinct to turn away from things that have or may harm us. Think of how a Pregnant woman will develop adversions to certain foods - especially alcohol. It may take some time, but chances are you will get your calling again.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-05-2014, 03:02 PM
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Did you hurt yourself by jumping? It could be your instincts trying to restrain you from hurting yourself again. I've been mentally scared from being forced to jump to early on a horse that hates jumping (don't ask.). I don't jump because of it. If you don't want to jump, don't jump.

You could always get your courage back if you do want to jump, just canter over a pole on the ground.
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-05-2014, 03:43 PM
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What did you do? You discovered your sense of self preservation. It happens to all of us. We have a fall, pull back, and rethink things a bit. My last fall had be back up a few steps and attempt to find the holes in my riding. After fixing most of the swiss cheese I found, I felt comfortable to start jumping again. If you don't want to go, don't go. Your gut will tell you when you're ready.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-11-2014, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Did you hurt yourself by jumping? It could be your instincts trying to restrain you from hurting yourself again. I've been mentally scared from being forced to jump to early on a horse that hates jumping (don't ask.). I don't jump because of it. If you don't want to jump, don't jump.

You could always get your courage back if you do want to jump, just canter over a pole on the ground.
I can jump, but it hurts like the devel! Sorry I took so long! I have been SO busy!!

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post #8 of 13 Old 05-11-2014, 01:10 AM
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I tend to agree with the majority in that you should follow your own instincts and not feel like you have to do anything. You don't. There is nothing wrong with taking some time off and make your decision later. Don't put a time limit to it and don't listen to others. It's your call and its time to be a bit selfish.

Relax. It you finally decide to return......your life will continue.
It you finally decide not to..........your life will continue.

Don't feel guilty or let anyone make you feel that way. Relax.

My very best to you !
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-11-2014, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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I tend to agree with the majority in that you should follow your own instincts and not feel like you have to do anything. You don't. There is nothing wrong with taking some time off and make your decision later. Don't put a time limit to it and don't listen to others. It's your call and its time to be a bit selfish.

Relax. It you finally decide to return......your life will continue.
It you finally decide not to..........your life will continue.

Don't feel guilty or let anyone make you feel that way. Relax.

My very best to you !
Thank you so much!! I am doing better now. I am jumping again, and feeling more confident. I went with my gut, and it told me that I could do it!
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post #10 of 13 Old 05-14-2014, 03:07 PM
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Just breathe. Take a moment and think about what you want. List pros and cons and if you want to take a shot at it again. Do it. I mean the kids now are saying "YOLO" but safety comes first in my prospective. So just stay safe, start slow. I've had this happen to me TONS of times.

One day, I said you would be mine... And I was right.
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