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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Just a Little Jump Around- NBD

Emma keeps "suggesting" that I just pretend that Ellie is Polly and go jump a fence already.

Sometime last week I told her that I thought it would be a really good idea if we jumped a course in our Thursday lesson. And let's not piddle around. Best if we skip a warm up fence and just do a nice 2'6"/ 2'9" hunter course.

WHAT WAS I THINKING!?!?!?!?!

On the eve of my supposed jump around I'm a bit of a wreck. And by wreck I mean- every time I think about it my palms and feet start to sweat! My heart might actually be racing as I write this post (it may also be the multiple cups of coffee consumed today).

I know that there will be one of three outcomes here. I will wuss out entirely and just work on my canter (frankly a legitimate need), that I'll panic riding up to the first fence and scare myself, or I will channel my nervous energy into a lovely course and then call it done.

I'm going to work on visualizing number three and hope for the best. And look at calming photos of Wilbur who lives in his field and who I hand walk around the property. Ah- the easy life devoid of all expectations.

8 comments:

  1. I think pretending she's another horse could work well... don't go into it expecting her to be "bad". Assume she's going to pop around all the fences and you're going to have a blast because you're both trained to do so. If you expect something, it will come.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I've heard from my trainers that she's been rushing at fences so I was expecting that out of her. I read your comment before my ride and made a point to have a blast!

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  2. awww....do you enjoy jumping her? Do you want to jump? I feel like if you are that nervous, it might be a good idea to talk to a sport psychologist before trying jumping again. just some food for thought.

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    1. Love this comment- you sound like my trainer ;). I do enjoy jumping- I think it's just a little more challenging with a baby as they try to figure themselves and the fences out- which makes me a little more nervous than riding a solid citizen.
      We do have a sports psychologist in the barn and I need to take advantage!

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  3. You can doooooooo it! I want to hear all about it :)

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  4. good luck - you can totally do it! good luck building your confidence back up!! :)

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