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post #11 of 38 Old 05-15-2011, 08:05 PM
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post #12 of 38 Old 05-15-2011, 08:20 PM
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Congrats, MIE! I'm very glad you finally overcame the fear. I know for myself how hard it is sometime.

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post #13 of 38 Old 05-15-2011, 08:25 PM
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So fess up. Did the 4"s feel that much bigger??

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post #15 of 38 Old 05-15-2011, 09:22 PM
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That is AWESOME, girly! Congrats, you guys look amazing.
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post #16 of 38 Old 05-15-2011, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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So fess up. Did the 4"s feel that much bigger??
NO! My mind made them bigger than what they were in reality. When I would ride around a fence that was bigger than 2'7", my mind made me see them like they were 4'0".

It took a lot of work at home too, to overcome this stupid fear of stadium fences. My Husband had to grab a measuring tape to show me what 2'11" was. And looking at the 35" on the measuring tape was like..."That's not big".

So he took that measuring tape and put it up against a few walls. 1 in the bathroom and in the front room and the bedroom and infront of the front door, drawing a pencil line at 35" - so that anytime I was in line of vision of that pencil line, I would look at it and say "That's not big at all". I've been doing this for about a month at home. So I trained my mind to stop seeing 2'11" as 4'0". I now look at 2'11" and think it's small.

I also had to continuously repeat "It is only 4 more inches" and "That's small" so that I trained my subconcious that - in reality, it's small.

It also helps that I've been able to keep in contact with Jane Savoie, who's been helping me with my jumping fears, giving me great quotes and pointers to repeat to myself over and over - one being "Instead of dwelling on the negatives, focus on how to fix the negatives to change them to positives"....

So instead of me focusing on flipping over Nelson's shoulders and flying face first into a fence, and instead of looking at those scars on my right arm and going into a pannick attack - I started to change that train of thought, into what I can do as a rider, to prevent that from happening.

Good forward impulsion, staying tall, chest open, sitting on Nelson's back 5 strides and staying over his center of gravity, etc, etc, etc - so instead of dwelling on the "OMG I'm going to get hurt" I started to dwell on "I'm a strong, confident rider".

It took a lot of work, but I made it But I didn't do it alone, a huge role was played by my Coach. Without him, I wouldn't of even gotten this far. Honestly. Well, and of course having an amazing partner like Nelson.

If I wasn't on such an honest horse, who knows.

A big THANK YOU to those of you, here on HF for your kind words, and for your support <3

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post #17 of 38 Old 05-16-2011, 10:11 AM
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yayayay so glad it went well!!! see it's NOT really that much bigger. good stuff guys!

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post #18 of 38 Old 05-16-2011, 10:27 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! You guys are going to eat up Novice, I can just tell.

Nelson looks fantastic, you do such a great job with him, what a beautiful boy. I haven't been on here in a while but I did see something about him getting the all clear from the lameness specialist too so double congrats!!!

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post #19 of 38 Old 05-16-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks CJ - nope, not much bigger :) I just had to keep telling myself to believe it :P

Thanks Sarah! Yes, Nelson and I are doing Novice this year - and yes, he got the all clear to go by our Equine Lameness Specialist, he was quite impressed with his condition.

So we'll see :) Still have to take it day by day, he is 22 afterall. I don't expect to place at all to be honest, Novice is quite a competative level, far more competative than BN is. I just hope to finish, that's it. Just ride clear and complete all 3 phases, even if we place 15th, who cares. I just want to enjoy the time left we have together.

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post #20 of 38 Old 05-16-2011, 01:42 PM
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YAYYYYYYY!!!! That's VERY exciting news!! And so inspirational for all of those posts from people that have been about building confidence or jumping again after an accident. Thank you for posting your vulnerabilities and weaknesses here! I love hearing from someone who can admit their fears and then work towards getting past them.

PS- Nelson is a freakin rockstar. ;)
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