It was an outstanding clinic, and the clinician had an exceptional eye. She picked many issues that I had overlooked, and completely changed the way I go about riding and training this particular horse. By the end of the second lesson, he felt absolutely fantastic, balanced, straight and uphill. I realised how much I have been allowing him leeway, treating as a green horse. She advised me that he is easily strong enough through the back and hind legs to perform a solid medium/advanced test, and that she felt she could get on him and ride some of the PSG right away. She also felt that he has got a huge amount of talent for the collected work, and that I should give away competing at the lower levels and just get him out to at least elementary/medium.
So that certainly changed my attitude to riding him, I've been treating him as fairly green and ridin him as though he's a novice horse, now I need to work him as though he is an FEI horse. Phew, lots to take in but it has certainly been effective!