I just wanted to give an update on our first attempt at cross country today. My horse was pretty hot in the warm up area, and was just sorta' running around with his head in the air, and ignoring my leg/rein. So we jumped a log that was placed in the warm up ring a couple times, and although he was being a bit hot, he seemed like he was game for the whole thing!
The first couple fences were just simple logs on the ground with flowers in front of them. He was looky with them, but no refusals. I got a little cocky and cantered up to a coop and he ran out. He didn't throw me, but I decided i'd be a little more realistic about what we were doing and how I was going to approach the jumps. I trotted the next couple fences, and as he became more brave, I became more brave. By the end we were able to canter the rest of the fences! We even galloped through the water and up the bank on the other side. The whole thing was really quite incredible. I will try and post pics as soon as I have them formatted!