I had a mini lesson tonight. Jen was out doing some of the other girls and I was hacking during their lessons. She asked if I had jumped him yet in the new bit and I hadn't so she had me take him over some to see how it went.
It was great, as long as I started with enough pace. If he was behind my leg, I couldn't see the distance and would pick at him, pissing him off. When he was forward and moving, all I had to do was close me hand, or as Jen said squeeze the reins like a sponge, and he was right there. We worked thru a line then did a figure 8 with two diagonal fences. He was turning really well, actually bending and giving instead of bracing on my hand.
Apparently I have a habit of giving my outside rein in the rollbacks, then picking it back up on the straight away but didn't have that problem tonight. Jen said my hands/rein length/connection looked great and Buddy was soft and willing. The only thing that tripped us up a couple times was making sure I have plenty of leg when I half halt and don't pick at him.