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        07-16-2010, 08:37 PM

    I don't know whether to love my trainer or not, hehe.

    I'm a very timid rider when it comes to jumping heights. I'd gladly stay at 2'6" forever, bahaha. My trainer literally has to just raise the jumps when I'm not looking for me to go over them [which she's done before hahaha]. I also cannot know the height beforehand or else I panic

    Today, after a little 2'3" course, my trainer was like, "Oh, let me raise a few of them for you." I thought she'd make one or two to 2'6", like she's been doing for the past few lessons. Nope. She raised all of them. Nine inches.

    That's right, I jumped a 3' course!! My first ever! And I must say...I love Brooke even more now! Even when I panicked and got us awkward distances, Brooke got us over the jump. (I was just grabbing mane and hanging on for dear life). She did refuse two...but one was the first jump where we cantered up to it, looked, and both went HOLY **** THAT'S HUUUUGE! [I never realized how big 3' looked!]. The second I let her shoulder pop out because I didn't know whether to go for the long spot or try and fit another stride in. -_-

    Anyways...we jumped a 3' course, and TWO of them were big ole oxars!

    I thought I was going to die.

    Here's a picture of my arena after my lesson [no video...I know, the ONE lesson I don't have my camera!]. The orange and black oxar and the green/maroon vertical were both a pole higher when I jumped them, but my trainer needed the pole for her next lesson. Oh, and see the black and yellow? That's what I've been jumping for the past 4 months. Bit of a difference, eh?

    And just because I luff is Brooke and I after THE lesson. The look of pure terror was finally fading from my face, hehe.
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        07-16-2010, 09:33 PM
    Green Broke
    Congrats! I rember my first 3' course. Only I wasn't scared at all. I was like "finally! We raised the jumps!" I'm glad you had fun! The first time is terifying, but it all comes easy after that!
        07-16-2010, 09:57 PM
    Congrats, looks like a lot of fun! I've been trying to get my 22yr old Paso Fino to jump higher....he's still at 2'9" though. I'm excited for when my TB gelding and I start jumping, he's huge and hopefully will be able to jump pretty high!
        07-16-2010, 10:21 PM
    Wow that's great! You have fun! Now that you know that you CAN jump a 3 foot course keep practicing!
        07-17-2010, 10:26 AM
    Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
    Congrats! I rember my first 3' course. Only I wasn't scared at all. I was like "finally! We raised the jumps!" I'm glad you had fun! The first time is terifying, but it all comes easy after that!
    if it's just one jump or like a gymnastic or something, then I'm all for it! But the whole course...especially having to start out on a very big looking oxar...'twas scary! Once I got started I was so focused on Brooke that I didn't even notice the jumps [though they did feel good going over - I swear my position is better over the big jumps!].

    Thanks, guys :)

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