Running around with his nose in the air
I have been doing dressage for about a year now, and both me and my horse have been doing very well, although, even with our progress, he still runs around with his nose in the air. My trainer is telling me to shorten the reins, "talk" to his mouth, and use more leg, the problem being that the shorter the reins go, the higher his head goes, the more I "talk" to his mouth, the more he chews on the bit, and the more leg I give, the faster he goes. I'm really not sure what i'm doing wrong, or why he's refusing to put his head down. I've tried changing my hand position to higher or lower, and his head gets slightly lower if I put my hands closer to his withers, but I am constantly being told to keep my hands up. Any advice?