Confidence issues? I had 3 months off and now get really nervous during jumping. 3 months ago I was fine but now I get so nervous probably because he gets excited. Any advice?
Take it slow. Pushing yourself after time off will only bring you back further. Work on flat some more then start at a lower level then you are used to (I had been off for a year and a half because of an injury that caused surgery). Also my horse is very excited during jumping so I circle before jumps or make him stop before and after; makes me stop and think also doesn't give him time to pick up the pace. Grids are another good thing for excited horses.
I'm currently teaching young kids how to ride and I've tried to make each lesson as fun as possible while teaching them their basics but have no more ideas, any suggestions?
I use games to teach basic skills. Like pole bending to encourage steering skills, groom box relay race to mix horse management and encouraging to use your legs more to control the horse, putting jumps in between games to keep their interest ect.