So I've been given a project for the week - a 16.2hh Perch/QH who is JACKED. He's very green - he doesn't have a half-halt, and his haunches and shoulders are ALL over the place (which I'm working on, the flat schooling isn't a problem). We lunge him over fences and he canters 3'6 oxers in stride, not a problem, very handy. Today I trotted him over a crossrail on the lowest hole - probably six to ten inches in the middle, and it took me a couple tries to even get him over - and then he just kerplunked over it :/ any tips to make this big, heavy horse to be as athletic over fences with a rider as on his own?
I tried the first time to just leave him alone for the most part to find his own point of balance - he just ducked out. Obviously I'll have to keep a connection to the base of the fence, lol!