Sorry all- been on vacation and left the advice hanging...
I cannot rule pain out. Every veterinarian has given a different opinion regarding his leg to some extent but the bottom line is everyone has said that there is nothing that can be done, he is sound when he's sound and to ride him. He gets the special treatment when I ride him because I am unsure if his quirks are leg related or if they're spoiled brat syndrome related because he is a babied horse.
Jaydee- He was born here. Aside from failed attempts at other people riding him, I have been his only rider. He is a great trail horse for me but if anyone else tries to ride him he is full of stunts. In fact, if I am not in the pasture he can be a real jerk from the ground. He is a real prick to deal with for most. Just, not for me. He was sent to a friend of a friend who trains barrel horses but has a 4-H/Western pleasure background. He was there for two weeks in January of this year as effort to get him to comply with someone other than myself riding him. She had a LOT of trouble with him and I think she was more than happy to see him go at the end of that two weeks. He did come back riding lower like this, she did do Western Pleasure geared arena work.
~anebel~ I can see what you are staying. He does require more seat but the more I move him off from my seat and post bigger the more pissy he will get and just stop. I'm not saying that its right but I have a hard time using heavy driving aids with him. I do think the low nose-to-ground head set and behind the vertical is an issue, I disagree there. I do not yank his head up like you've stated. I do not reprimand him like its a issue, I am simply saying that it IS an issue because it is not what I am looking for. Of course I am willing to accept this is rider error. My talent comes in rescuing, feeding programs, deficiencies, starting horses, desensitizing trail horses and working with "problem horses". I will be the first to admit that I am in 1st grade when it comes to arena work.
DancingArabian- I have tried that. If he gives a sluggish effort to the trot cue and you follow it with 3 hard kicks, he'll stop. If you follow it with a whip (first off, "tap" doesn't work. Whack, gets this response..) he trots off angrily and he'll crow hop. If you ride through ignoring the fact that he is throwing a tantrum and just appreciate the trot then he will trot out nicely within a few paces only to jam on the breaks when he realizes that he is doing what you wanted & that he is still mad at you for using a whip. If you reprimand the rude transition he will stop, or buck. If you push him into a canter due to his transition and tell him to go faster he'll canter, when coming back to a trot you will repeat this whole process because he is still upset with you for using the whip.
Kayty- Two of the instructors have ridden him but he takes jackass to a whole new level and like I said, they leave with a "THAT HORSE....." - this new instructor is fabulous and both she and I are very interested in seeing if/how he rides for her. I think that her personality is far better to deal with him than the last, you have to be a fairly confident and even tempered person to deal with him.
Maybe getting a video would help. But what a few of you have send about my body blocking the forward movement is part of the problem, I am sure.