Originally Posted by LoveIsTheAnswer
I have another thread for this, but it's related. My mare's canter is super fast and she can't get the strides for the jumps, how do I get her canter under control, and how do I get her to start liking jumping. I have to get those things first before cross country. If you guys answered, I'd love you forever!!!!!
You have to break all this down into the separate issues;
First, you need to work with her to gain control of the speed in all the gaits. This is a thread, or a lesson plan in itself.
Secondly, she needs to be taught jumping properly, with the correct introduction to poles on the ground, cross poles with placing poles etc. If she learns properly, and always succeeds she will enjoy it. If she is over faced with jumps that are too high or difficult or scary or challenging or confusing, then she won't enjoy it.
Finally, she will need to be introduced to cross country courses. She'll need to learn that they don't fall over when she hits them
. She'll need to learn about the different approaches, and exits. She'll need to gain confidence in water.
All of these things are her education. Without them, she'll most likely fail in some way and neither she nor you will be safe or happy.