Agreed. He is very lovely, but I ride APHA and the quickest way to get a horse on the forehand is to pull him down there and force his head somewhere it's not ready to be.
When he can handle the weight and is pushing off his hind end, then the head will come down when the back rounds. If you pull it down, then you'll loose the back and he'll pull from the forehand--which he's already doing, as he's losing muscle in his rump and forming incorrect muscles.
Good luck with him!
I also ride APHA. He was just idk haha. One trainer told me to do it like that but im not used to doing it how he looks. The way that you are doing it is the way that I do it.
Here is my APHA.