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likehorse00

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likehorse00 says:

AM I A BAD RIDER??????

 I have been riding for nearly three years now, and have ridden lots of different skilled and behaved horses and ponies. 

A few months ago I started jumping. So far I have jumped 2ft3 - 2ft6. Should i be jumping higher ??? 

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jenappaloosapony

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Re: AM I A BAD RIDER??????

 No you are not. I am :) I have been riding nearly 7 but don't jump. My highest was about 3ft. I'm starting jumping soon on my pony x

JennyMyAppaloosa♥Loveyou

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windinthemane

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Re: AM I A BAD RIDER??????

 How high you jump does not affect your abilaty to ride. Think of all the dressage riders in the world. Are all of them great at jumping? One of my best instructors hated jumping but loved dressage and was an amazing rider. Don't jump anything higher then you are comfortable but don't be afriad to push out of your comfort zone. One of the best exercises to do if you want to get a good jumping postion witch will help you jump higher is:

Jumping small jumps with no hands or stirrups. It helped me so much.(Also another way to get a good seat is to ride alot of bucking horses as after a while you stop comeing off. Warning: some sideaffects include major loss of confidance;))

 

It's ok if you give up as long as you come back later to try again.

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bx1.2005

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bx1.2005 says:

Re: AM I A BAD RIDER??????

 I've been riding for 25 years mate I consider myself quite experienced but I only jump tiddly jumps normally up to about 2ft. I stupidly attempted to jump something a bit bigger and scarier the other day but because I was so nervous my girl picked up on this an put in a dirty stop causing me to fall on to her neck and breaking my hand :-(  so now I can't ride which I'm so gutted about. I am determined to go back to trying that jump again but will start off small and gradually increase the height an scariness. So what I'm trying to say is no you are definitely not a bad rider you are amazing for even having a go you should be very proud of yourself. Just remember horse riding is supposed to be fun so only ever do as much as makes you happy you don't have to jump big to be a good rider. Good luck!

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Paints

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Paints says:

Re: AM I A BAD RIDER??????

No you are not a bad rider, I get the same way when I jump higher than use to. If you are comfortable than you can jump higher. Some things you just have to push a little more but you don't have to jump big to be the a good rider. Don't give up! Good luck!

Shiloh girl for life.

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ChloeWindle96

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Re: AM I A BAD RIDER??????

 jumping small/big fences doesnt mean your a bad rider or a good rider. Making a good rider is what ever you feel comftable with and can do the job properly, dont rush into anything your not sure of or want to do! just because your jumping smaller to other people doesnt mean your a bad rider just means youve got practise and a better technique to when you come to jumping bigger :) 

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WinnieBu

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WinnieBu says:

Re: AM I A BAD RIDER??????

You must remember, that anyone can jump a single fence, But it takes a skilled rider to jump a course of fences no matter what height, so can you tell us more about you have been doing?

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likehorse00

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likehorse00 says:

Re: AM I A BAD RIDER??????

 I have done a few small courses 

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