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Hey,

So as some of you know I took my boy out onto the X/C course last week to play over some jumps. I found that him leaping was a bit awkward and I couldn't flow with him. Apperantly the X/C jumps were going to eat him, I really don't like the last jump! Light-ish critique please as it was our first time on the X/C course.

 

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Not bad at all, for a first time. Try to keep the horse a bit more forward, yet more balanced. Leg, half halt, leg, half halt. Impulsion will help keep him from chipping in and then taking an abrupt leap. He seems to have a nice attitude.
 

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Good for a first attempt! he has a big scopey jump but you can tell her is not that confident. Keep going at it though, he seems to love it! Gallop him at those jumps :D
 

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Thanks speedy da fish! I actually did give him a gallop around the outside of the course! Wow, can he run! If you have a look in the pictures section, Chinga got a new bridle that I will use for X/C
 

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He looks like a typical greenie to me, jumping like the strange fences might bite him. Looks like a good job for your first cross country school.

In your flat work, focus on really making sure he's in front of your leg, so if you close your leg in front of a looky fence, you'll know he'll go.

Other than that, school lots of low, inviting fences to build his confidence.

As he gains experience and confidence, his jumping will feel less awkward and easier to stay with. In the meantime, get some velcro and stick yourself on!
 

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YAY! I think that was a pretty darn good job for your first time out there! And, as another poster said he looks to have a really good attitude!
How exciting!!!
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I agree with Maura. I think you guys look great for your first time out. He's only jumping akwardly because you didn't have him in front of your leg. But he sure is honest!
 

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Thankyou all, I'm so proud of my boy! We were meant to go to the same place today and do dressage in the full sized arena.
 
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