I am having a heck of a time getting my horse to trot a fence properly.
I have been working at it more and more the last few weeks, in an effort to keep him balanced and his gait nice and even/consistent.
When he canters a fence, I am able to set him up for the distance and he is able to tuck up and jump across the fence. However, when we trot, he tends to simply fling himself over the fence. His front legs flail all over the place, and he collapses all over his forehand into a pile of poop on the other side of the fence.
I come to the fence with a nice amount of impulsion. Nice even pace. At the base of the fence, I sit in half seat and give him a squeeze. But I never get anything better from him. He flops over it and seems just as unbalanced as he is confused about the whole thing. Haha!
So what are some things I could try? What do you folks do to get a nicer/better jump from a trot? Should I try smaller fences and work up, or start with a larger fence so that he has to actually make some sort of an effort?