Kw-logo-smaller

Quiz the Coach: Jump Over Your Fears

Alleyoop!

Hey Coach,

I’ve just come back to horseback riding. I started when I was 5 and now I get scared to jump. What can I do about it?

mintolover25


Hey mintolover25,

Any fear you have, in any sport, can be overcome … you just have to take the proper steps. Horseback riding is a very dangerous sport and you have every right to be scared to jump on a horse.


The reason why professional horseback riding jumpers are not scared to jump when they are performing is because they have years of practice and repetition. They are so comfortable jumping horses because they have done it so many times, and the fear has completely left their thoughts.


The big trick is not to just practice jumping, but it is the practice of riding your horse and progressively jumping from small jumps to bigger jumps. Here are the main points to practice:

  1. Start by just riding around on your horse without jumping. Practice all sorts of turns, going faster, slowing down… eventually you will feel so comfortable riding in all sorts of conditions, you will be confident to try new things… like jumping.
  2. When you are ready, don’t go for a big jump, but start with something small like a small log. Practice jumping over this log until you are ready to jump something higher.
  3. Eventually you will be able to jump over big jumps without having felt any fear, as long as you take your time and you never rush into anything that makes you scared.

A lot of parents and coaches pressure children to try things they are not ready for. It’s important to talk to them and let them know that you are not ready. It’s very important that you don’t try anything that scares you… in any sport. A lot of accidents and injuries happen because athletes try things they are not ready for. Just take your time and practice over and over again, until you feel you’re ready to take on a new challenge!


Related Stories:

  • The Saddle Club Series Review
  • Horseback Riding
  • Riding Horses


  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    jordand08

    jordand08 wrote:

    I like this. xD
    commented: Mon May 20, 2013

    there are 1 more comments

    Please login or register to add comments

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    Horseback-riding-poll

    Do You Like to Go Horseback Riding?

    • I love horseback riding.
    • No, horseback riding kind of freaks me out.
    • I've never been horseback riding.
    • I'd rather go skateboarding.

    related stories

    Sports in the forums

    -Gwen42--
    -Gwen42-- posted in Cheerleading:
    Volleyball
    reply 34 minutes
    hiphopgirl555
    Girls can do anything that boys can do.
    reply about 3 hours
    -Gwen42--
    -Gwen42-- posted in Basketball:
    Still Duke!!!
    reply about 19 hours
    -Gwen42--
    New Orleans Saints
    reply about 20 hours
    -Gwen42--
    Saints 
    reply about 20 hours

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    157262_(2)

    When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...