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post #1 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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What prevents YOU from moving up?

I thought it would be interesting to see what prevents everyone from moving up to the next level/height. Non jumpers can post to for levels in their discipline. It helps if you add what you are capable of now. It can be anything, lack of lessons, poor legs, old horse, slow horse, lack of confidence, whatever


What prevents me from moving up is partially that my horse is still learning. Mostly though, it's because I second guess myself right before the jump and usually end up sitting back (without meaning too) and stuffing a stride in. It's one thing to stuff over 2'6", it's another thing over three foot where my horse has to actually jump not just sprawl over it (he's 16.3)
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post #2 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 12:53 PM
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For me, it's a mixture of my inexperienced horse and the fact that I only get one lesson a week. I'm not improving as quickly as I'd like, but I've been jumping 2' cross rails fairly well. We still haven't done a course so far.

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post #3 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 12:57 PM
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I've jumped 3' before, but at this point I usually school over 2'6.
What keeps me from moving up is that my horse is really stubborn and a bit of a speed demon, and I need to work on controling her better before I can go higher.
Also I don't own a horse, so I only get to ride once a week.
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post #4 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 01:26 PM
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My horse is very green and just starting his jumping/eventing career. He's totally new to everything involved (Dressage, Jumping, etc.) so we're starting at square one, trying to get the basics down before I even contemplate competing for real. And he's quite young still. :)

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post #5 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 02:33 PM
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string of bad luck at the current moment...first an abscess...then a colic episode...geesh.
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post #6 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 02:36 PM
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As far as jumping goes, I don't have the horse to do it on and so my money is all going into what he is good at versus what I want to do. As far as moving up the levels in my discipline...it's all a matter of money for me.
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post #7 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 02:47 PM
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My problem is that Brewer is an old dude and can't really do it. But I am starting to lease a new horse in September, and I am looking for one who can do atleast 2'6 before and still learning. :)
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post #8 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 03:14 PM
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Well, right now Daytona's been making a lot of progress. About a month ago she couldn't jump 2'3- but now she's jumping 2'6 with no problem. So, I'm taking it slow with her. I hope to have her jumping 2'9 by the end of the summer, but there's no rush.
She needs a bit more training, so that's why I'm not exactly jumping 3ft yet.

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post #9 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 03:38 PM
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Just time, nerves and experience - as although she's not a baby she has not done alot of jumping (And most of what she has done has been with me)

Right now she's jumping course of 90- 95 cms (3ft) but I would like her doing 1m (3 ft 3) Im schooling her over a few 1m jumps in her lessons but ahve yet to do an entire course....

Also got to work on my nerve as the horse has no idea its 10 cms higher than she usually does.... some of the larger spreads can look daunting - but its been over 12 years since I was jumping at that height so am pleased with Our progress yay to getting braver....
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post #10 of 108 Old 07-29-2009, 04:10 PM
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Combination of green horse and older rider just getting back into jumping. We're just up to 2' now. Until we can do those in our sleep, we're staying at 2'.
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