Many thanks again to Ride On Video for this wonderful service!
Okay okay, so we were not nearly so forward as we really could have been. Going down to a trot was his idea but I didn't object - it was his first time and I just wanted him to be have a great experience. I finally asked him to move out (and actually canter) for the last 3 jumps. He very willingly obliged, so next time I'll be asking I asked him to canter earlier on, if not for the whole course. A few greenie moments but overall I am so pleased with HIS EARS!!! Forward and alert and happy - he's gonna be a XC rockstar.