^----Love it. Almost everyone here has said what I was thinking as I progressed along the posts. If I were your eyes on the ground all you would hear from me is shorten your reins! The only think I think has happened is some of these people have really complicated the whole process with worrying about everything, all important things, but I would make it simple:
1. Shorten your reins, till they are in the mane and your horses head is up off the ground, maybe over exagerate until you realize how much feel you are going to need.
2. Get an english lesson, and not a western english lesson, but a dressage or true english barn. AQHA shows don't demonstrate the same frame as a true english horse needs to go in, and it can vary base on conformation. QHs are built with a low headset that many people take advantage of to create a nice english picture, you need to show/train your horse different headsets like a dressage carriage, equitation frame, and true hunter horse frame, where it has to be up off his forehand in order to jump.
3.Then try fancy equipment, draw reins, new bit, something that might present the idea of a different carriage, while it will not correcti everything, like draw reins making them carry thier head better, but doesn't really correct the heavy on the forehand back to front stuff, it's again about correcting one thing at a time and recognizing better vs. perfectly correct. But I wouldn't reccomend some of this stuff until you have a much firmer grasp on how much contact this requires. I have used it all, don't bash anything, but one should educate themselves, try, reassess. Somethings just work sometimes, but recognize your specific scenario.
Otherwise there is no substitute for the constant nagging of a good trainer or experienced friend.
Troubled TB ~"A thorn by any other name will prick just as deep." @-'--,---