Hope my post didn't sound like I was in it to rush through with the ultimate goal just a ribbon. Definitely wasn't the intention at all. Taking it easy with my boy, just playing and seeing what he'll offer. So far he's picked everything I've thrown at him very easy and taken to it like a duck to water, which has given me the opportunity to move a little faster than I would should the horse have been like my last ottb who was very much one step forward, three steps back.
Whenever I hit a speed bump with a horse, straight away I go back to total basics, just getting that forward established and build up from there to re-install their confidence. I most certainly will NOT be pushing him beyond what he is capable of to simply get to a competition. I'm not a hugely competitive rider either, I'm in it for the fun and to do that absolute best that I can :)