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I used to take riding lessons about 2 years ago, and I just recently went to help out at a birthday party at my barn, and afterwards I got to ride my friend's horse. My friend wanted me to try a small jump she had set up, about a foot high. I took her horse over it, and managed not to fall off or hurt myself. Ever since then I've wanted to get back into riding. I also want to start jumping. I remember mostly everything about riding in general, but what do I need to do to start jumping and get better at it?
What exactly are training shows like? My barn this summer is having them, and I wanna know really what there about! Do you have to dress up? What exactly are they like? I've never showed before and I'd like to get into it. (P.S. I know all barns are different, whats your experiences? How did you get into showing? Thanks =D)
i take two lessons from two different trainers from two different barns. they both teach jumping but one way more than the other. i can jump 2"6 and my jumping trainer is starting to get me geared to go higher. i can sometimes be a nervous rider (like we all are at one point) and when it comes to jumping higher i get a little nervous. how can i stop the fear? i trust the horse I ride but I stop myself. once i get over the jump i am fine but even the second or third time i get nervous.
I am looking at getting into some jumping and was wonder what the best breed of horse to get would be. What breed? What height? I'm about 5 foot but I'm not sure if that matters. Does anyone know of a good breeder in the Wyoming area? I would be looking at Spring of 2015 to buy, I just want to be prepared.
Does anyone here have confidence issues with yourself when riding? I've been dealing with confidence issues for awhile. Not nervous of the horse, just with people. I always feel like I'm all over the place when I ride & people are judging me when I ride. I strive for perfection when I'm riding and I feel when I know I'm not being "perfect" I get on myself. I try to get myself to realize to be a good rider, you don't always look flawless. But when I get in the saddle it's a different story. I also forget to breath when riding, I get so focused on making the horse look nice, I forget to breath. I feel this is another issue because then I run out of steam and wonder why I can't make the horse look nice. I've been trying to focus on belly breathing when riding but are there any other suggestion?
After I go over a jump my horse freaks out for 6 strides after, not bucking, but prancing in place and she throws her head in the air. I've seen videos of my riding, my EQ is fine, and I got a saddle fitter to see her, her saddle is fine, and she is in perfect health condition. Anyone have any ideas on why this is happening.