How I Got Into Horse Jumping

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I started riding when I was seven years old.

You started riding when you were seven years old. It was by chance that we got into horseback riding. Neither of my parents rode, and I didn’t know much about it either. However, when I was growing up on the farm where my family lived, I would spend a lot of time with the horses and their handlers—I loved being around them! This led me to ask my parents if they could help me learn how to ride a horse; surprisingly enough they agreed and signed us up for lessons at a local stable.

Nowadays there are many different ways that people can get into horseback riding: private lessons; group lessons; summer camps for kids; clinics run by professionals who teach riders how to jump higher fences than what might be available in their own stables; taking care of someone else’s horses during competitions so that they can practice galloping around without having to worry about anything else (this one requires stamina); etc.

I have always loved horses, but I didn’t know how to ride.

I have always loved horses. As a child, I would spend hours watching them run on TV and dreaming of the day that I could ride one. This love for horses evolved into an interest in riding.

I was lucky enough to have friends who owned horses and let me ride them often. They taught me how to get on and off, how to make the horse stop moving forward with my legs, turn around when it was running away from me, and how to trot with them so they didn’t get tired too quickly!

The first time I got on a horse by myself was very exciting but also terrifying because it was moving really fast! It took my breath away just standing there watching this giant animal galloping around the field at full speed towards us with no one holding onto its reins or playing any tricks like those seen in movies where someone throws themselves off (which would never happen unless you are trying something crazy like jumping over fences). But when we finally got our chance at riding without any other people around except our instructor’s son – he helped us too even though he wasn’t supposed too – everything worked out great!

My parents were both nervous about the idea at first, but they supported me.

When I told my parents that I wanted to try horse jumping, they were understandably nervous. As someone who has only experienced riding on a horse once in his life, it was easy for me to see why they would be worried about the safety of their child. However, they trusted me enough to know that no matter what happened, I would do the right thing and make sure that everyone was okay. They gave me this chance to try something new and learn from it—and as long as I did not hurt myself or anyone else in any way, they were happy with whatever decision I made.

It was important for me to learn how to ride safely and properly, so I could avoid getting hurt.

Before you can even think about jumping, it’s important that you learn how to properly ride on your horse. Though some of these things may seem obvious, it’s best to learn from someone who knows what they’re doing before you start riding on your own.

  • When mounting your horse, get into the saddle by stepping up with your left foot and then swinging your right leg over the saddle. Make sure that once you’re in the saddle, both feet are flat on top of each side of the stirrups and not hanging off either side—this will become very important later when we talk about jumping!
  • When dismounting from the horse, make sure that you don’t just jump down; this could hurt both yourself and/or your poor furry friend! Instead, take one foot out at a time while keeping them close together so they land right next to each other (rather than straight ahead). This is called “dismounting” because it happens when one falls off their horse onto solid ground instead of falling into water (which would be called “dunking”).

Unfortunately, this means I spent a lot of time learning how to ride walk-trot before moving up in the levels.

However, this means I spent a lot of time learning how to ride walk-trot before moving up in the levels.

It’s a long journey to get to your goal, and patience is a virtue.

Once I proved myself capable of jumping, my instructor let me work on more advanced skills.

Once I proved myself capable of jumping, my instructor let me work on more advanced skills. He taught me how to ride at a faster pace and in great distances apart from other horses (a very important thing when riding in the ring). He taught me how to ride over fences of different sizes, heights and materials. I also learned how to jump different obstacles like combination jumps (two or more obstacles that are next to each other) or verticals (single fences that often have an element at the top). At this point, we began competing in horse shows around our state as well as states nearby.

Work hard and be patient to be successful with horses!

What I learned is that you need to be patient and work hard. If you expect to be successful with horses, there is no way around it. You can’t just show up at the horse show and expect to win because of raw talent alone. The only way for me to improve my jumping was through practice, so I started practicing every day after school for several hours. When I first began riding and jumping our family’s two horses (a Shetland pony named Whitey and an Arabian gelding named Thunder), my parents would let me ride in front of our house on a dirt road behind our house all by myself! My parents were always supportive of my hobbies, even though they didn’t understand what horse riding was about at first! As time went on, however…

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