I thought crow hopping was NOT all fours off ground at once, but alternating front feet then back feet while moving forward. Not that the pattern of the unharmonious behaviour is the issue:
I second what Kevin said, caveat that the horse isn't a "bad" best friend, he's just doing his horse thing, according to his innate "horsenality", & he will become a real partner to you when you gain savvy to be his real leader.
You're right to be scared of getting on him at this point; any teacher should be keeping you off him & having you gain skill & confidence on ground first! (you could get seriously hurt!) I recommend Parelli 7 Games groundwork dvd, for starters. Your horse will look at you with new, respectful & pleased eyes once you've mastered the 7 Games with him.
Last edited by Northern; 11-13-2011 at 08:56 PM.