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post #1 of 11 Old 04-01-2017, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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New Accomplishment

I bought my OTTB almost exactly a year ago, about 6 months after I started taking lessons. Today I cantered a jump on him for the first time. It was the tiniest crossrail ever, and you'd all probably laugh at how small it was, but cantering a jump on him was a huge deal for me mentally.

As an older rider (I'm 42), it definitely takes more time for me to feel ready for new things. After over a year of hunt seat flat work lessons, I mentioned to my trainer that I might want to learn to jump. I've since done several lessons trotting over fences. Cantering a jump sounded so much scarier to me than trotting, but it was actually really fun. Now, I have some work to do on my position and timing, but I think I overcame a mental block today.

I just had to celebrate my small victory with all of you. However, I'm not ready for that jump to increase in size anytime soon.
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You go girl! I'll bring the tequila.

We've all been there. The small personal victories are the ones you build upon. They can be the stupidest most insignificant ones to the rest of the world that only you "get".
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Congrats!!!!! Onward and upward for you.
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Way to go girl!!!!
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Heading onward and upward when YOU are ready...
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-02-2017, 03:24 PM
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That's great, well done you!

I've just started jumping, myself! It's a great feeling when you accomplish something new!
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Yeah well today I didn't feel so accomplished. I couldn't seem to relax and get off my horse's face so he kept surging after the jumps and then I started anticipating that and clamping down harder...more surging...not my best lesson!! He and I were both frustrated and it was completely my fault. My trainer insisted that we are making good progress and we have come a long way, but it's so hard to feel that way when I lose my confidence like that! I actually asked to trot the jump a few times to get my confidence back, which of course she was fine with, but it's the first time I've EVER asked to take a break/slow down in a lesson and I feel like I wimped out. Blah. That's what I get for bragging last week. LOL

Tomorrow I'm going to go ride and just do things I know we're both successful at like basic flatwork. Hopefully my next lesson on Wednesday will be better!
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Don't be discouraged....
It is fine, perfectly fine to have a "off" day for the horse, for you, and for both of you together at the same time.
Go work on things that are fun and successfully goal reached already...
Relax, enjoy and take a breather from always "working, working, working"....
Go for a relaxing ride and don't nit-pick yourself endlessly...

Clear your mind, ride your horse and enjoy the time spent together.

Wednesday will arrive soon enough.
Deal with Wednesday on Wednesday not today or tomorrow but then!
Have a great ride!!
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Originally Posted by horselovinguy View Post
Go for a relaxing ride and don't nit-pick yourself endlessly...
Yeah I'm not good at that. But thank you for your words of encouragement! Luckily (or unluckily??) this isn't my first horrid lesson so I know all hope is not lost and I have more feel-good lessons in the future. We will definitely be doing some things we both enjoy for a couple of days to regain our confidence!
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1. You aren't a machine and neither is your horse.

2. If it has a heart and pumps blood, it's unpredictable.

3. Think of the set backs you've experienced before you had a horse and just "got on with it". Tomorrow will be better-it always is:)
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