I think for just starting out, his developing form is superb. Very good talent there. He seems to already be getting an 'eye' for the correct spot.
As for teaching him to be tighter in the front (which most horses can get improved in this aspect) you can do gymnastic lines. They REALLY teach the horse to be neat with their legs and careful over the jump.
As for now, I would just practice getting him confident over the jumps. Don't scare him with too much too fast, and make sure you praise as much as possible. Make jumping fun for him! Practice with trot and canter poles so he gets good at being careful with his gaits. "Set up" poles before fences really help green jumpers develop an 'eye' and prevents them from rushing. Generally, the rule is a 'set up' pole should be placed 9' in front of the jump (usually 3 human steps, but you may need to adjust your own stride to make it 3' each step) you can also place another one after the jump, followed by a few trot/canter (depending what gait you're jumping at) poles to set him back into a good rhythm.
My old trainer used to set up poles with standards on the sides in a course so the horse was doing 'course work' with ground poles at first the trot, then the canter. The horse got the whole experience of a jump course, without a difficult height. Slowly, she'd raise the height. Usually, in the first year a horse is jumping, you want to do 18"-2' with a LOT of trotting, poles, and lead changes when you canter.
What all of this does is helps give your horse a solid foundation for jumping, and when you start jumping him seriously, he'll be confident and easy to ride.
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Last edited by LoveTheSaddlebreds; 03-15-2012 at 01:44 PM.