In general, it is very difficult to keep him round and on the bit when under saddle. He'll move with his nose stuck in the air. As a result he's hollow backed and stiff.
1. He's 17 years old and always wants to go. I'm not sure if that is just his personality or a matter of poor training where he was "rushed."
2.. He begins to ignore my signals when he decides the training should stop. He even ignores my stop signal (which he's rather good about generally).
3. He'll decide to rush on the lunge line and ignore my commands to walk
4. I'll know he's anxious because he'll chew/bite on the bit
5. It is very rare that he is playing with the bit indicating relaxation
6. Most of the issues of jaw tension and ignoring my signals occur under saddle, or when he is asked to do something he doesn't want to do (ie. Something simply like continue to walk).
7. He'll give me his all and be wonderful until he designates a time when the training should end....at that point he completely ignores me.
8. Even in the field, he was very difficult to get his trust. It has been with much patience that he responds (without food) to my voice cues. Even so, he rarely comes quickly
He is extremely sensitive under saddle and would make an incredible mount if I could just help him work through this....Your help would be immense