Thanks guys! I completely agree with everything that's been said. When I stopped riding all those years ago, I had been doing jumpers for quite some time. Even in hunters for the last year or two since I got back to riding, it was way too easy to just go around in a modified two point. Getting used to actually sitting in the saddle is a very big change, especially at the canter AND in a new dressage saddle! And yes, I do want to push him on almost every stride. Leg, seat, leg, seat. He is quite the slug, although I know the quieter I am, the better he carries himself and is less likely to break. It's quite the struggle with myself to STOP pushing and kicking every single stride!!
I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.