Boost your jumping confidence

Posted 28th July 2017

Feel nervous in your jumping lessons? Find out how to solve it and banish those worries

It’s totally normal to feel a bit nervous when you’re jumping, and lots of riders experience this. But it’s important not to let nerves affect your riding and enjoyment – check out all the things you can do to help boost your jumping confidence!

Build it up

If you’re worried about what could go wrong during a jumping lesson – what if I fall off? What if my pony stops? What if I get it wrong? – go back to basics and build up slowly.

Make sure you’re confident and in control on the flat, then start introducing poles. Trot and canter poles are a great way for you to get more confident, as well as helping you work out and get used to your pony’s rhythm.

Top tip

Set up a simple showjumping course made up of poles on the ground. Ride over the poles as if you were jumping, then start building them up into small fences once you’re confident.

Read more confidence-boosting tips in September PONY magazine – on sale now!

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