Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
When I took my TB to his first XC outings (before he was retired... now I have a 4 yr old to start all over with!), the clinic instructor had us warm-up in the "arena", then we did some stadium jumps, then moved out to the field to walk around for a bit, then started jumping the XC fences.
She allowed (and recommended) us to walk the horses infront of/behind certain jumps before we attempted them. Let the horse see it with their left eye and let them see it with their right eye (don't walk straight up to the fence, but walk in front of it-- parallel to it). For water jumps, we got to walk around in the water first and let the horses get used to it, then we jumped out of the water (not into, for greenies). If your horse is having issues, ask if he can follow a more experienced horse (a benefit of a group clinic).
Also just remember to have fun (because it is really fun!) and make sure your horse is having fun too, especially since it is his first time. Don't feel pressured to jump something you aren't comfortable with, as there is no rush to jump it all and you can always go back!
I have never been to Copper Meadows, but know people who have and it looks really fun!