You are definitely on you way to getting there. While your reins are too long, I do see your horse attempting to stretch into the bit, which is what you want. I think you need to start working on bend more. Every time you come back toward the camera, you can see your horse flexed to the outside. He needs to be "straight". Right now his head and neck are out of alignment with the rest on his body. Just bring those reins in a few inches and concentrate on bending him properly so that you're always seeing his inside eyelashes when on a circle. That bend alone will help keep him in that outside rein where you want him.
Thanks, yes, I have realized about the reins. Im just so worried about pulling on his mouth since he's so sensitive and when I do, he throws his head up really high, but we're getting better! My trainer showed me some tricks at the end of the lessons to take up contact, but still keep him where I want him, but it was at the very end of the lesson, so I only got to try it once, which is the clip in the middle of the video where we're riding on the straightaway far away from the camera. He's starting to drop his head on even the straightaways (he usually only does it when on the circle bending, for some reason. Maybe he feels more balanced, or maybe I am, so I'm not restricting his movement as much. He's the kind of horse who is always looking back at you, keeping his attention on you most of the time. If you take your foot out of the stirrups or if you get off balance, he will counteract that to keep you in the saddle. It's really quite weird. Ive almost fallen off to the side one time at the canter, since my balance is off to one direction, and so he sidestepped under me to give it back, while calmly going back down to the walk!! I just am thrilled to ride him.)
As for the bend, my trainer is always telling me to get his head to the inside to see his lashes and to get him to bend to the inside, but by golly it is harder than it looks. There's just so many things to be conscious of! Keeping my outside leg on and back to push him over in the circle (he doesnt like circles), while still using my inside leg to almost get him to wrap around it to achieve that bend, as well as not leaning forward (which is what I unconsciously do when I slide my legs back) and keeping my hands steady, following his head when we take up the contact so as not to jab him in the mouth, losing the consistency we had. And to BREATHE. Haha. Oh well, it's certainly a lifelong work in progress.
Thank you! Right now Ill focus on taking up contact. My trainer had to show me how to -shorten- my reins last lesson XD. I used to just crawl my fist down the reins to shorten them so I dont let go and lose the contact, but she told me to just grab both reins in one hand and physically let go to move my hand down. You'd think I would do that naturally. :P