Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Does he feel like he's anxious when he takes charge? Or is it more of a "YEEHAAA!" Kind of thing?
If he's anxious, and he's rushing to get it over and done with, then you need to support him, both with your hand and your leg. Make sure you have him in front of your leg and into the bridle, also make sure you are giving him that support right up until his feet leave the floor. It's really important to not desert him in that last stride, if it's a lack of confidence, then softening off will only make him less confident.
Don't be afraid to go right back to basics either. Build up the confidence with poles. Get a good canter, work on striding in between poles, that sort of thing.
If he's rushing because he's excited, then I would probably ride him the exact same way, I might even halt in front of the fence, back him up etc get him listening to what I want him to do. Or I would halt afterwards, depending on how he lands.