Wow, that's like riding a squirrel! He sure is a lot of horse. You're definitely making progress with him. You say you need to micromanage him or else he's a mess. How does he do with grid work? Would that maybe help him figure out where to put his own feet?
That made me snort so loud in the middle of class everyone stared and looked at me. I think that is my new favorite quote for him.
Grid work is going slowly. I can't do too many things as he builds momentum as we are going through it, and starts just running through the jumps. It took me a long time to do anything more than a single bounce or one stride because he would be so out of wack by the second jump that neither of us could pull it together for another. We are now moving up, but it takes time for him to figure it out.
I am by no means an expert, but here is what I saw:
The biggest thing, like already mentioned was your hands. You seemed to be very heavy on the reins and the micromanaging seemed to actually be working against you a lot of the times. Instead of trying to bring him back and settle him with your seat, you were trying to use your reins like breaks. Which results in him throwing his head up, hollowing out, and being quite unbalanced.
I also saw him dropping his shoulder and being very on the forehand. It seemed to be improving with time, but it's worth mentioning.
I do see improvement though, good job!
In the previous videos yes I did try to use the reins as support for breaks. I am unsure if you are still referring to old videos, or if you still see it in the current one two as well. In the last videos I had no intention of slowing him down with the reins, just trying to bring himself back to me after a jump. For him to settle he does require holding in at this point, that is a thing that my trainer has had me do and it settles him down quickly along with my body. I'm not trying to pull but try to create a constant place for him to settle into.
He is very heavy on the fore and drops his shoulder all the time. Its the main thing I focus on while I ride, circles, serpentines, spirals....and stuff to help him balance and pick himself up instead of dropping into it.
Thank you for the critique. =)
Allison I just saw your post, I just went into class and will respond later.