I ride at a barn that is exclusively hunters and jumpers. However, one of our assistant trainers is an Eventer. She has mentioned taking a few of the horses up to do some cross-country schooling. I reeeeeally want to go.
Problem is, my horse isn't very confident. But I've been working REALLY hard, both on the ground and under saddle, to get him to be more trusting and brave. So on Sunday my trainer told me to jump around all the "scary" jumps in the arena. All of which he had never seen before. She instructed me on how to ride him up to it, and although I had to growl at him pretty loud at the black roll top, he jumped right over it! So aside from the fact that I'm super proud of him for being so brave. I'm feeling like he might be ready to move forward with some more complex questions.
So I want to know what you all do/did to prepare your horses for jumping cross country? How did you help them to become more brave and more bold?!
Tell me everything!!
Here are some pictures of the new jumps that we did on Sunday. Keep in mind, he's never seen anything like these before... so it kinda' blew his mind. Haha!