1) Yes, Beau is one of those horses who rushes jumps. If I keep CONSTANT pressure on the reins he -will- slow down, but obvs. he throws his head up and such because all that pressure can't be pleasant.
My question on this is: I am assuming I should do more things such as circles before jumps to keep him slow instead of just hauling on the reins. He doesn't listen to half-halts (yet).
2) I just read somewhere in the Dressage forum about a horse having his hind end up underneath him even though his nose was in the air.
My question on this is: Is it indeed possible to work on relaxing his jaw/relaxing at the poll, and engaging the hindquarters separately? He will drop onto the vertical if I ask him to (close the inside leg, steady outside rein, and gently squeeze the inside rein, once), but he can't really hold that at the canter yet, nor does he really step underneath himself. However, I have felt him step up underneath himself at the canter several times. Which should I concentrate on more? Or should I work on them separately and put them together?
Also, he gets underneath himself more at the canter than at the trot it seems? Or, it is just more noticable? I'm not really sure how it is 'supposed' to feel at the trot..
Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.