Jumping Issues...any suggestions ??
This thred is all about my jumping issues, and I'm thinking maybe some one has some suggestions and similar problems.
I started riding at 12 and absolutilly loved jumping.. once I got to actually start jumping I couldn't get enough. I was always asking my coach, "are we jumping today." I had a fall before I even started jumping so I was not so scared I guess. Any way my jumping got better and the fences got higher.
Then I had my first fall. Ever since then I have been iffy (sp?) about jumping. I had moved to another barn and started riding and leasing a really great horse, to help with my confadence(sp?) I was back jumping about 3 ft when I decited to find a more challenging horse now that I was not as nervous.
I really enjoyed riding her (the new lease) she was great on the flat She was a younger horse.. But I had a fall off of her and was not able to ride for 6 months (torn PCL in my knee)
Now as of today.. I still get really nervous jumping, I have been riding for a good 10 years but I feel wierd cause I just can't get over my fear. So I'm In lessons jumping again.. but my nervs get the best of me...
I just wish I was not so nervous....
Does anyone else have this issue... ?
It feels wierd because..I am a pretty advanced rider (not to be taken the wrong way) and it feels wierd not to be able to jump past 2'6" withouth getting nervous.
And now that I have my own horse, We are starting to jump him, and I'm fine starting out with the basics (cross rails, small verticls) but he really has some potecial to get higher, and I want to be able to jump with him and further his training.
Sorry for my long message, I hope some one has some advice
I would start out slow with a horse that is safe, steady and below your skill so you can push yourself and the horse and not be intimidated before moving up to a challenging horse like you did before. I would think twice before ever getting on a proven horse again. Why take the risk and hurt yourself again.
I'm going to agree with the above post. Ride a been-there-done-that horse for awhile to build your confidence again. Start slow and when you find your limit (say you get nervous jumping 2'....just an example) then do not go over 2' until you WANT to. When you feel yourself WANTING to do something you are probably ready. Push yourself to the limit, but not over the limit. Never let anyone pressure you into doing something you aren't comfortable with. It's not worth losing your confidence even more or getting hurt again.
There is a tried-and-true SYSTEMATIC approach for overcoming fear as a rider. It is compiled in a book entitled "Move Closer. Stay Longer", written by Dr. Stephanie Burns. Follow it to the letter, and care not what other think and say. It works for all of my students who are struggling with fear in their horsemanship endeavors. All the best to you!
I LOVE that book by Stephanie!! I use those strategies in my personal life and boy does it work. She rocks!
I suggest just taking it slow. Maybe lease a good ol' steady horse you feel confident on and ride until your nerves go away.
I started riding when I was 8 and some mysterious circumstance caused me to fear jumping for nine years. I leased a horse last winter and he was so honest that I got my confidence back and now I have a new horse and he's bringing me along so well that I plan on showing Children's Hunter (2'6") this summer. And this time last year, I only trotted 12" crossrails. So no, you're not alone. I know how you feel and I still have wavering confidence.
Just when you do take lessons, ask for simple thing to be different like putting one side of a top pole down. And if you feel confident, ask for it to go back up. Just let your trainer know that you do have confidence issues and that you're trying you hardest.
Also, remember that your previous falls were not off your current mount (that is, if its a lesson horse) and trust your horse. If your trainer assigned you that horse, trust your trainer's judgement. They wouldn't do something to throw you off track.
So good luck in your confidence building and shoot those annoying nerves! Ciao!
Okay, so I missed your last paragraph about your own horse. Sorry!
I've gone through this before over a decade ago and have had student who have been the same. What I can suggest is getting on a dead-broke school horse and progress from poles to cross rails to small verticals. My coach right now is the type to kinda just throw you into it though which seems to work as well. I had been doing jumper for years before my 2yr break due to an injury. I came back to start dressage and my coach wouldn't let me continue riding unless I jumped a 2'6", so yeah, had to bite the bullet and go for it. Some people can't handle it, while others like myself felt such relief and proud of myself after the jump. My dressage lesson that day turned into a jumping lesson lol.
I have that EXACT same problem. I have been riding for 6 years now, jumping for 4. And the thing is I am terrified of jumping higher than 80cm. Sorry dunno what that is in feet? Anyway my mare Love Story is pretty new to jumping, but she has amazing potential and can jump up to a metre 30. So its not that my horse cant do it, its more like I cant do it. So what I do is I tell myself "you can do it, you CAN!" and dnt even think, just ride to it. Then Im over it, and think " Wow, that wasnt so bad" Lol
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