It’s Harder Than It Looks

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  1. I swear trainers are all sadistic people who get off on other people’s pain. Mine giggles when she has us drop our stirrups. Full grown woman, giggling like a child.
    The one thing that made everything slow down and seem more manageable was riding a course like you’re schooling on the flat. The jumps are just 4 strides, the rest is flat work. You’re not approaching a jump, you’re cantering up the quarter line and there happens to be something to hop over. You’re not on a long approach to a diagonal, you’re collecting your canter a bit as you prepare to change directions. Thinking about it as riding a pattern on the flat with a couple obstacles made it much easier for me to take it one step at a time.
    That, and living in half-seat (complete with release) until it becomes muscle memory and you automatically pop into it over the fences . But that makes my muscles sore so I hate that part.
    Give yourself some credit, your trainer wouldn’t be having you do things if she thought you couldn’t handle it!

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    1. Yes, they enjoy inflicting that pain upon us 😦
      That explanation does make sense. I’ll have to remember that, and try to simplify it. Also, to take a deep breath.
      I’m doing better with holding two point, but I need to work more on that too. Eventually this will all fall into place and not feel so hard!
      Thank you for the secrets!

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