Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Depending on which study you believe, jumping increases the chance of serious injury 10 to 40-fold. There was a time instructors tried to get their students jumping in 12-20 lessons. But back then, if someone broke their shoulder or neck riding, the courts would ignore it.
Given the added danger, most instructors are going to want you to be a decent rider on the flats before they will start you jumping.
Not being afraid of falling means you do not understand what is at risk. One doesn't need to be paranoid, but a single fall can leave you in a wheelchair for life. Helmets reduce risk of head injury by 50-75%...but jumping probably increases risk by at least 1,000%. Take your time, and you may have a lifetime of riding ahead of you. As in most sports, getting the foundations right will help you do well for many years to come.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."