Originally Posted by MudPaint
Thank you. The jumping ahead surprised me because I felt like I was riding to every fence, but it's something to work on. When he's unsure, he does have a tendency to add a stride rather than get the spot. He does tidy up over larger fences, but he does need some grid work doesn't he?
Yes, gymnastic exercises will really help him out. I can't think of any off the top of my head but I'm sure if you start a post on here asking about them or just looking them up online, you're sure to find what you're looking for.
Ride with confidence to help him get to the jumps correctly. Stay back, just let the horse carry you over the fence and let him do the work. :)