I’ve currently been riding my friend’s horse who I know will jump anything you put in front of them but recently my confidence in my riding ability just feels like it has hit rock bottom. I’m usually fairly confident when it comes to jumping and have just found myself getting comfortable with jumping and have just begun to jump just over a meter.
The horse I have been jumping has quite a powerful jump, especially over larger jumps and lately, I have been falling off on landing. Now, whenever I jump I always convince myself that I’m going to fall off as soon as I land no matter how big or small the fence is and I’m constantly doubting myself and it’s beginning to get me down and take the fun out of riding. I will have those days where I will push myself and jump anything and everything that’s thrown at me without thinking too much into it but as soon as either lose my balance and land on the horse’s neck or fall off my confidence will just vanish.
I enjoy jumping and I do want to be able to jump without having this constant doubt filling my mind every time as I feel like it’s holding me back. It ends up getting to the point where I will just want to get off the horse and not jump anymore even though I fully trust the horse not to run out or stop. Luckily, she’s one of those horses who will try her hardest to please and look after her riders but I feel that I’m holding her back too because of my nerves. I don’t really have much faith in my balance either which is making me even more nervous when it comes to the landing (the jump itself isn’t really a problem).
I was wondering if anyone else has felt like this before and whether anyone had any tips on how I could conquer this fear.