So much appreciated.
BTW, the game plan as of right now is to have him go and do training level next year and if I can get a solid 65+ out of him a few times in a row, try a first level test.
|he looks like he has the tendency to become very tight and peg legged when challenged.|
If I do something or suggest something that he doesn't like (this could be anything from trotting around to doing shoulder-ins) sometimes what he does is get tight as a coiled spring and hollow, and he "snaps" at me. He'll give me like 4 inches of loose rein then haul his face forward to try and pull the reins out of my hands. Even though he's 20, he still has a bit of bottle rocket in him and frequently does beautiful Lippizaner-style moves. He doesn't make me nervous at all (he's not dirty, just energetic) but he does tend to make me a little tense because he can and will blow.
I'm going to take all of your advice into play and video this weeks lesson (my last before I go back to school ) and post it here again. I'm hoping you can see improvements.