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post #1 of 5 Old 09-24-2010, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Scared Of Jumping Now...

I fell off for the 2nd time just over a week ago... It was my first time riding that horse (called Mate) and he was known to over jump but my riding instructor didn't tell me till i fell off. As you can guess, how i fell off was going over a jump, and Mate over jumped... I am really scared of jumping now, and it was only cavaletti! But jumping has always seemed fun until that... Any hints or tips?

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-25-2010, 08:57 AM
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The first piece of advise I would give to someone I knew would be to stop jumping until you had more control on the flats. Over jumping or not, if a rider can't keep their seat on a cavaletti, they really should not be jumping.

Too many "trainers" push their students into doing things before they are ready. It should not matter what the student wants at the moment, it is more about what is good for the rider and the horse. A poor seat often leads to hanging on the horse's mouth for security, among other bad habits.

In this case, you can build your confidence by getting a stronger and more secure seat then by trying to jump before you are ready.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

It's not always what you say but what they hear.

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Thanks! I guess i should have a talk with my instructor, about getting a better jumping seat...

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-25-2010, 06:09 PM
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I agree. You should be EXTREMELY comfortable and confident on the flat before you bring "speed bumps" into the picture.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-27-2010, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Okay... Speed bumps, hahah!

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