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post #21 of 25 Old 06-05-2011, 09:49 AM
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i used to have a trainer who would say anything was 2'6", i schooled prelim on my pony bc she told me it was 2'6". haha i didnt actually think it was 2'6", but that was HUGE for him and i didnt think it was as high as it was !

i never feel nervous if the horse is ready for more height and is a good jumper, if they arent there is a good reason to be nervous !! i used to have a mare that i would jump 5ft with, even bareback, i didnt get nervous with her bc the first time a rode her we galloped about 50 strides and jumped a 4'9" xc fence [fox hunting].

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post #22 of 25 Old 06-11-2011, 12:24 AM
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I get nervous more at shows then anything. LIke showing in 2'6 is good then 2'9 looks like 3'9 but I always remember that it's only 3 inches higher and that my horse is probably clearing the jump by more than 3 inches. also if you put jumps up higher in a grid do it so that the jump is slightly higher than your last one but only maybe by a few inches. I hope this helps and makes sense. lol

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post #23 of 25 Old 06-11-2011, 02:26 AM
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I didn't read all of the replies, as it is late and I need to get to bed, so forgive me if I am repeating anything.

But honestly jumping 2.5" is the same as jumping 3'. The same thing is required from the rider. If you can ride a jump, then you can ride a jump. I can understand your fear if you are jumping 5' as you are really landing hard, but most of us are not at that level.

For the level that you (me too, most of us) are at, there is no difference other than in your own mind that the jump is at.

Your horse could refuse a 3' jump the same as it would a 1' jump. It could also take down a pole.

I would suggest that you have more confidence in yourself. There is no reason why you should doubt yourself, if you can jump, then you can jump even if it gets a bit higher.
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post #24 of 25 Old 06-11-2011, 09:58 AM
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I was never a very nervous rider, but it can be a little intimidating going over a bigger jump for the first time. The best way I have found to get over it is just to do it. Once you do it once you will realize that it wasn't as bad as you thought. The main thing is to really trust the horse you are on and make sure you are ready to jump up higher before you go ahead and do it.
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post #25 of 25 Old 06-11-2011, 10:30 AM
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Since Joe was a green horse, I always had trouble jumping him. He would over leap ever single jump and I would always be left behind and jab him in the mouth.

Just at the end of last year I attended a riding clinic, and was taught how to jump him to the best of his and my ability. I went from jumping 2'3 to 3'1 in just a week, I now am now really confident in my jumping, and trust Joe 100% to get me over the jump.

My advice would be to find a instructor you trust and work with them untill you feel confident in your ability as a rider to go further. If your not confident it's okay, it takes time to develop a deep trust within your self and within the horse you are riding, and if your not 100% don't try it, it will only scare you further and put you off jumping bigger heights. Wait untill you are ready, overcome your fear and take each riding day as it comes theres not need to rush. You might suprise yourself! (:

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