I am glad to see you guys have seemed to resolve what seemed like somewhat of a misunderstanding on both ends. That is one of the troublesome things about communicating in this way :)
Okay, I no longer think my boy is green when it comes to general riding. He picks up both leads, backs, sidepasses, turns on the haunches/forehand, and consistently picks up each gait when cued. He does not buck or rear. BUT, when I take him to a show around other horses and distractions, he has a very hard time focusing on me and can't always put those pieces together when necessary.
Just because my horse is "green" or inexperienced in show situations doesn't mean that I should not enter a trail class. I think doing it is the only way to give him experience.
I finishe my western riding classes today, and my boy held it together until our very last class (judges command), at which point he had a bit of a melt down. He still performed all of the maneuvers, but he lost all of his supplenes, was pushing through the bit a lot, and was very distracted by our mare who he was calling back and forth with from the parking lot. He reminded me of a little kid who had been overstimulated and just sort of lost it. I was very frustrated, and I spoke with the trainer I had been working with. He said not to focus so much on the calling right now, but getting him focused all the way on me. He said the calling would go away as he focused on me rather than the other horses who were talking to him. I cooled him down for the day by suppling him back up, and getting his focus back on me (which I couldn't do in the actual class). He is making improvements, because last year, he would often start out the day as frazzled as he ended the day today.
I have used backing and other movements to correct - not so much as punishment, but to get him focused on me and show him, when he focuses on me, he can quit working. I have also smacked him in the chest from time to time when I feel like he is crowding me a bit. Other than smacking, I really like some of the ground methods Parelli uses to remind the horse to give you your space - we are just a bit rusty at the moment because so much training lately has been focused in saddle.
Though I am still a bit unsure about my exact game plan for this calling situation other than experience, I have also been complemented by numerous people about how mannered he is at public events. He acts like an inexperienced five year old, not a stallion. I had one lady come up and appologize to be for chatting with me the week before on her mare - she said she had no idea he was a stallion, and she felt really bad for bringing her mare so close. I reassured her that it was my responsibility to give other space, and if it had been a problem, I would have moved him away. As it was, he was practically sleeping away.
I am working on it guys, and I really appreciate feedback.
Here are a couple of pics from today (before the meltdown) :)