Go back to basics with your schooling. Forget jumping for the moment and concentrate on getting him listening to you in all paces. Do polework, transitions, changes within the pace. Go on a few gentle hacks. Just enjoy riding him without worrying about jumping.
Have a few lessons on a different horse over jumps so you can get the feel for it again on a horse you trust. Then hop back on your horse and set up a couple of tiny cross poles. Do some flatwork schooling then pop him over the jumps then go back to flatwork. This will get him listening to you more and not just get madly excited when jumping, and should help you realise that jumping isn't a big scary event.
Don't feel pressured to do any big jumps if you don't want to. Concentrate on getting your horse calm and listening to you. Do some basic gridwork, use placing poles, jump from trot, have a few lessons on him. Take the opportunity to re-train him and get him more sensible whilst jumping - it will make your life easier in the long run and avoid falls in the future.
15 June 2010 14:39