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        07-30-2009, 08:15 PM
    Ive had 1 too many bad falls Showjumping , I can't afford the show Jumpers I would like & im getting old :( lol Im only 23 But I have 2 kids , Been riding since I was 3 , have some permanate injuries and do not have the time or money to be injured and out of work . Maybe when my girls are older I would get back into it.

    Im just happy to have my little arabs and do trails and enjoy myself .
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        07-30-2009, 09:57 PM
    Whats holding me back?
    ME! I'm still learning at the level that I am at. I was gone for 4 weeks and am still getting into the swing of things! My horse can and does bigger. He shows with another girl at the 3 feet but schools up to 3 feet 6 inches. So it really is that my position needs work and until I feel comfortable I wont move up. The height isnt that matter, but I HATE seeing people with an awful position fly through the levels. Id rather slow down and "master" one thing - I know I can go higher but why not create a strong foundation?
        07-31-2009, 01:36 AM
    Excellently said, juju!
        07-31-2009, 07:28 AM
    At the moment, lack of competitions since I need 9 points to move up a jumping grade.
    Also lack of time (working 40 hour weeks and it being dark when I get up AND get home)
    But aside from those, lack of room to jump at home. 1 jump at 1m or so is the limit I can fit in my tiny flat space I call an "arena"
        07-31-2009, 11:26 AM
    I'm jumping 1 to 2 feet right now.

    1. My stamina. I get really tired through the lesson. I am working on that!
    2. My lower leg. Still swings!!!!
    3. My lack of lessons. Once every other week.

    All my fault, none my horses. I'm not sure how high the school horses can go, but I know they can do at least 2'6".
        07-31-2009, 12:52 PM
    Today I had my lesson, and I rode one of the advanced school horses, and we did a 2'6 course! It was such a change from Brewer :)
        08-02-2009, 01:04 PM
    At the moment my horse and I school 2'6" - 2'9" (with the occassional 3'+ fence thrown in) and 3'+ the week before a horse show.

    We show in A/O's which depending on the show can be 3'3" or 3'6". I've jumped him 4', but I don't believe he is athletic enough to do a full course of 4' fences. He's super fit but he'd get majorly popped I'm sure.

    I have the confidence to move up, but my horse just isn't there, and I am super content to stay in the A/O's for a long time with him, there is lots we can work on and he's finally getting to this stage in his life where he is mature enough to understand "slow" and adjusting and I think in the next year we'll finally start doing more Jumper classes :)
        08-03-2009, 03:37 PM
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    Well before I got my new horse, Geoffery, Blue just didin't WANT to do anything higher than 2'6". She's very content doing that, and that is all that matters now. Now that I have Geoffery, I can go up to 3'3" probably, but right now we are staying at 2'6" until I get good enough. So the thing that is holding me back is lack of showing experiance.
        08-03-2009, 05:00 PM
    My horse can't jump, and I don't live in an area good for horses, so I only get to jump (i'm a hunter/jumper) once a week. My lesson barn is the closest one to me and it is mainly a "beginner oriented" barn, so they focus so much on flatwork that we get only fifteen minutes out of a one hour lesson to work on jumping. Its hard to get position right when you can barely remember what you were supposed to work on from last lesson (aka: practice makes perfect, but I can't practice)
        08-03-2009, 05:45 PM
    Unfortunately, my instructor :(.
    She lets riders with worse position( as in, legs sliding back,knees pinching, scares me everytime they jump.) than I do, jump 2'3"-2'6". But I'm stuck at 18" . I'm getting bored of 18". It's partly because I do not speak up, and tell her I'm ready for higher jumps.

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