I see in that video that he is using a stick to help him with the horse, I've seen that in other videos too - maybe that would also be a good idea to give me some extra reach, tap his feet, etc.
Can anyone see any reason I can't just run out to a hardware store, buy a 3 foot stick/pole, and wrap one end in electric tape? Not fancy but this is something I could do in 5 minutes, and might be really useful - any tips for making my own training stick?
As for the training stick, I don't know about making one, but I bought mine here for probably only a little more then it would cost to make one and I've been very happy with it Training Stick with String - Sticks \
They also have rope halters, which I have one of also. Also much cheaper then the trainers brands but I find then comparable. Firm Polyester Halter Cord