Yet ANOTHER update!
I rode once again today, skipping lunging entirely since it was so warm. I didn't put his snaffle on, but went straight to the hack. He breaks from the walk into the trot more in it, but I would rather have that than rushing jumps. I rode in a friend's roundpen, and tried his left lead some more.. The first try he didn't get it, but the second time he did! He isn't consistently getting it, but I am glad he is starting to.
I am starting to apply my lower leg more, and man does it feel weird! I feel so insecure without my knee pinned like it used to be. Funny thing, a 4h leader a long time ago told me to hold with my knees.. I see where that's gotten me! But anyways, with my lower leg, my horse seems to reach out more and have a much stronger trot. In a good way I think? He has a lot more drive now.
I did another jump course today, and he keeps getting better and better. This hackamore is really helping. He rushes less and less every day. I feel a lot more comfortable being able to hold him back with my body and the hackamore.. I hated having him pull and pull on the bit. Now all he gets is pressure on his poll, nose and chin which I think is a lot better than his mouth.
I am continually trying to work on my jumping eq by waiting for my horse to take off and by keeping my legs in a better position. It feels weird, but it is a whole lot better than that old chair seat. We only had one really bad take off where I flew into the air.. Silly thing is, he didn't have enough go to get over the jump.. And our problem has always been too much go!