Okay I have a confession. I don’t enjoy jumping…there I said it! Maybe I lack the right mindset but there is simply more relief than anything else when I cross a jump. Perhaps it is just that I can’t seem to have a lesson where something ridiculous doesn’t happen …oh and of course the fact that I have cried in 2 of my last 5 lessons doesn’t help. Honestly for a 32 year old woman to be crying at horse riding seems totally daft/pathetic.
Last Wednesday I had a crap lesson. It didn’t go well and afterwards my instructor spent twenty minutes chatting to me about. She kept trying to get me to understand I am not the most horrendous rider that ever was. The following day I Googled for some articles on improving confidence and basically they said the same thing as my instructor – focus on the positives! So here are my list of positives from Wednesday when I rode P and Sunday when I rode Tx.
- I got beautiful flowing canters from P
- We did some lovely pole work on a diagonal line ending with a lovely transition into canter
- I was very balanced on P
- P obeyed all my commands very nicely (even when I thought he was out of control, turns out I asked him to do it – d’oh)
- P was very good when I reluctantly took him over the poles again, trotting carefully
- Tx responded great guns to me on Sunday
- Tx straightened when I asked him to while in forward seat
- We had a lovely canter transition even if we did miss a corner
- Tx and I only did one jump but it was a belter, he cantered in, cleared it beautifully and I was balanced!
On Sunday I was a little freaked out immediately after the jump but actually now I am chuffed and glad I only did the one jump. I hope it has boosted my confidence a little. I thought one good jump was worth more than doing three and messing the others ones up and feeling down again.
Tx got a big fuss made of him. I do believe that pony figures out what I need from him before I do 🙂
On a different note if anyone does have any tips for me with my confidence issues they would be greatly received!