Originally Posted by kathryn
The way Brewer jumps little x's you'd thing he was in the Olympics. He literally takes off as much as one canter stride early, or like 2 trot strides. Its really annoying and I don't know how to make him stop.
Try going back to trotting poles. Then once he is going over those nicely put the last up to a tiny cross.
If he is only learning you will need to ride him into it . Pace it yourself try to keep him going steady until the point you think he should take off . Give him a little sqeeze and push him forward a little bit. If he's only learning its up to you to teach him to take off correctly. Maybe a jumping instructer would be best . Even if its 1 lesson a month they will be able to see & tell you what things to work on.