This question pertains to green horses. My 6 year old TB and I have started to work on our jumping skills. (his...I've been jumping for a long time) All my previous horses were point and shoot school masters. This is the first horse I've ridden who hasn't yet grasped the concept of distances. We've done a ton of work trotting and cantering over poles, set up gymnastic grids, whatever you can do to put them in the best spot possible. However, without such guides he can only find the distance about 50% of the time cantering over both poles and jumps. We're only doing crossrails for jumps, so there's plenty of room for error without having a really bad result.
So far I have been staying out of his way and letting him try to figure out himself. By that I mean, I stay in a light seat, get him to the fence, balance him with a half halt a few steps out, stay off his shoulders for the jump, and leave it up to him. I'm not a trainer, so I am a bit lost on how much micromanaging I should be doing with him. I don't want a horse who can't think for himself since I want to event with him and we also trail ride alot where he needs to be thinking about where to put his feet rather than wait for me to tell him. Any advice would be appreciated.