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post #31 of 54 Old 04-13-2018, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Trying to get over a little jumping anxiety. I'll post in a separate thread. I'm feeling a few different things right now, none of them overly positive. I'll probably do better next time.

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post #32 of 54 Old 04-26-2018, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Well, this Wednesday was my last 'club' ride for the semester. It's a bit bittersweet, but last week was good-this week was better. I'll keep it short- I did a full jump course without slowing down or stopping due to anxiety. I figured out how to make precise turns when it came to diagonal jumps (my main issue was turning to get to a jump). So I did it! Unfortunately I wasn't thinking to take a video, but that's okay. Maybe the next time I ride I'll get one. I also somewhat got over my hesitation about cantering to the right (I lean to the left, so making a right turn feels like the horse is going one way and your body going the other way. It throws me off balance badly...). I still have some hangups about that but I did two laps around the arena cantering to the right- without freaking out-so I guess that's something to be happy about too.

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post #33 of 54 Old 04-27-2018, 11:36 AM
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Riding is constantly going 2 steps forward and 1 back. You are doing great.
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post #34 of 54 Old 04-27-2018, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Riding is constantly going 2 steps forward and 1 back. You are doing great.
Yeah I'm starting to understand this- Thank you

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post #35 of 54 Old 05-02-2018, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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No pictures on this gorgeous day unfortunately. Then again it wasn't a glamorous lesson. It was hot, every undergarment was soaked. I went back to my old instructor and she is big on form. My last lessons never focused on my form (not that it was bad to begin with). Trainer had a few nitpicks with how I held myself, but all could be corrected. We did sitting trot, which I haven't done in about five months so that was good. We did canter-stop-collect-canter again several times. Doing this helped me learn to sit back to slow a horse rather than pull myself forward. I need more of that exercise. Heels down was a problem, though the stirrups were less of a problem. I'm mixed feelings about this instructor. She coached me for two years and I improve. Had a different instructor that paid not much attention to the body- so I'm coming out of a year 'slump' in that regard. It's going to be tough. I just don't wan't to be too caught up in the tiny details to the point where it may ruin a nice ride. On the flip side, I do want to look good on a horse so..I'll bear some more lessons of, 'arch your back', 'tuck your chin', 'heels down-more down'.
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post #36 of 54 Old 05-10-2018, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday's lesson wasn't bad but not good either. I would post a picture but I already know the solution to my problems- so it would be just embarrassing. I'll post it, but understand-

I was practicing the canter going to the right which is my weaker side. My heels wouldn't stay down at all. Yet the whole "heels down", "put more weight in them" forces me to jam my feet down without thinking...the result is a stiff leg and painful feet in the stirrup. I should've thought 'toes up' or 'long leg' instead of pushing down with just my feet- hence the pain- but I just wasn't thinking..

The stiffness and the numbness that I felt from doing that caused me to tip my body forward and my foot slid through the stirrup at this time because it became too painful to keep my heel down..Next time I'll try the 'toes up' approach because constantly hearing heels down just doesn't work for me mentally. I need a different image in my mind. I got some videos to help- granted they don't look to good except for some parts where I'm not leaning forward too much.

I'm looking at other videos from a few months ago and I never leaned, so I'm guessing it's just because of the pain I was feeling.
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post #37 of 54 Old 05-10-2018, 12:04 PM
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Have you discussed all this with your trainer. Feeling this kind of pain is not good. Tired muscles is one thing, but you may need a different approach. Take all this with a grain of salt, because I have never had lessons. But I grew up riding without stirrups a lot. I still sometimes feel more secure without them.

On the other hand, your horse is doing well and that is what is most important. He seems to be saying "what's going on here" in the photo, but he is balanced and moving forward without tension. That is what counts the most, what the horse is saying, and you are doing well here in this photo.
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post #38 of 54 Old 05-15-2018, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Have you discussed all this with your trainer. Feeling this kind of pain is not good. Tired muscles is one thing, but you may need a different approach. Take all this with a grain of salt, because I have never had lessons. But I grew up riding without stirrups a lot. I still sometimes feel more secure without them.

On the other hand, your horse is doing well and that is what is most important. He seems to be saying "what's going on here" in the photo, but he is balanced and moving forward without tension. That is what counts the most, what the horse is saying, and you are doing well here in this photo.
Thank you Whisperbaby. No, I didn't mention it to my trainer because I thought it was just my position at fauly, since I've never felt that pain before in riding. I'm thinking back to it and maybe my stirrups were a little short. Whatever the case may be I'm glade I wasn't hurting Apache. I'll practice my position next time. I'll stop if I feel the pain again.

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post #39 of 54 Old 06-28-2018, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Aside from those mixed feelings for today, I cannot complain about free lessons. At all. And today's lesson was very good, on a very good horse (when he's not going crazy)! I cantered for times around the ring before doing jumps. This is progress- before I could barely canter twice around due to not keeping my heels down and slipping my stirrups. I learned something that also helped me a lot- I never knew I pinched with my thighs, so keeping conscious of that really helped.

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post #40 of 54 Old 07-06-2018, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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I fell today and thankfully no damage was done. Leave it to me to fall off at a crossrail. Though the horse I've been riding pulled his head down and I went flying. This happened with another horse too. It's just my heels after a jump naturally get level and my weight comes up. I feel a bit disappointed and it was embarrassing..

However.... flatwork is a dream now. My heels can actually go down at the canter for the most part. I'll have to post a picture of one of my good days the past Tuesday.

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