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myboydoc 01-10-2009 03:21 PM

how to over come it?
I have been riding for a long time now, but I have only been jumping for a year and a half, and I have noticed lately that right before I go into the ring, I get worried and nervous, once I get over the first jump I am fine and the rest of the courses after that are fine , but when I first get on I don't feel like jumping, I don't want to quit jumping, but I want to overcome this fear, I really am not afraid of falling or getting hurt, I don't know why I get so nervous, what do you guys do when this happens?

Strange 01-10-2009 10:31 PM

It sounds to me just like show nerves. Since you haven't been jumping for that long, I think you're just a bit insecure in your abilities. Be confident! Know that you can do it! I think everyone gets a little nervous at shows, but as you continue getting more experience, you'll feel much better. I know that's how it is for me. So, don't worry too much and don't put too much pressure on yourself. Before you go in take a few deep breaths go over the course a few times in your head, and just go have fun.

steph 01-10-2009 10:37 PM

How often do you jump? Is it your choice when you do it, or is it your trainers?

If you jump every single lesson, you might want to just have some flat lessons. Maybe then you won't be nervous when you go into the ring? On the other hand, if your trainer is the one who is telling you to go over that first jump, perhaps you should find one who understands your fear and tries to get you comfortable as well? Then when you feel comfortable you start jumping, so it is your decision, not someone else's.

Not understanding your full situation, these are the best ideas I can come up with, so I'm sorry if they're not much help.

A strange thing kind of similar is happening to me right now..but the opposite LOL. At my last trainer, I rode her horses and I was terrified going over jumps, especially when she raised them. Even the 19 year old former hunter who was totally seasoned and a great horse to re-learn how to jump on terrified me over jumps. Now that I'm teaching my own horse how to jump, a horse that is much greener and much younger, I am as brave as can be. I even, on a whim, decided to raise the jump to 2 feet on him just for fun, even though he hadn't quite gotten the concept of jumping. On other horses, I was a nervous wreck before I jumped a 2' for the first time. I think it is because I trust him so much more, because I know more of his history. That might have something to do with your worry as well...

Good luck with your fear!!!!!

myboydoc 01-11-2009 09:05 AM

Thanks, my old trainerdid force jumping on us, but I ahve a new one now and we are getting to work on dressage a lot, and really, the thing with jumping is at home too, not just a t shows, but when I jump every day I don't enjoy it, but when I am away from it some, I can't wait to get back into it. And part of it may be that my new horse Sampson is a great horse, but he is new to jumping where my other horse Doc was the best jumper ever, never ran out or had problems. The switch was kinda hard, but I will try what you guys said with taking afew days of just flat work, I think that will help a lot. thanks so much!

horsegirl123 01-11-2009 02:16 PM

Are you sure it's because you are scared? Sometimes with me I can't tell the difference with being scared or EXCITED!!! If it is that you are scared, I agree with the others-take a little brake from jumping.

huntseat7 01-11-2009 05:16 PM

When you get nervous just working on trotting a billion cross rails or tiny verts! I had to do that for years before I felt comfortable. And it is great for your new horse who is a little green to jumping just to get the feel over little things.

moomoo 01-11-2009 05:24 PM


Are you sure it's because you are scared? Sometimes with me I can't tell the difference with being scared or EXCITED!!!
Thats what I was going to say :-) I'm the same at shows until after the first jump.I haven't really found a cure but you are riding for fun so don't get to worried. If you fall, you fall, you hope the photographer gets pictures and you buy them and laugh later :-P

PoptartShop 01-11-2009 06:17 PM

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Ah, it probably is show nerves, or inside you are scared/excited. ;) You could take a break from it, that may help. But then again, that might not be a good idea, as if you get back into it (after a break) it may start up again. I think just keep going with it & thinking "it's okay! I do great when I get in there, etc.*- I think it's just show nerves. :D I get them a lot, but when I'm in the ring doing the jumps it's all a breeze! Just take it easy & have fun with it.

myboydoc 01-12-2009 08:45 AM

thanks guys, I really don't know why I get this way, cause I am not scared of falling off or anything I just get nervous, but I think that doing what you guys said like a few day add jumping a nd a few only do flat work will help alot, before I was jumping every day. I am already feeling better about it!

apachiedragon 01-13-2009 02:57 PM

You said the horse you are riding is pretty new to jumping too - some of it could be that he still hasn't found his balance and rythm yet and it could make you nervous because the jumps are a little off. Definitely keep everything small, but maybe try to jump a more seasoned horse again to see if that is the problem?

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