Well yesterday I rode the little stinker!
I tacked him up and he stood in the same spot tied to the post the entire time...no pacing, pawing or backing up. His head was low and his foot was cocked and relaxed. He even took the bit the first time I asked and didn't have to stick my finger in his mouth to make him open up!
I sat on him a few times, with my friend holding a lead rope...he was doing so well I had my friend lead him around with me on his back! He couldn't have cared less...his head was hanging and relaxed, walking extremely slow and he would tilt his ears back every couple of seconds listening to me. After a few times around the arena she lunged us at a walk in a small circle and he was very good...this was with other horses in the arena which I think is helping him a lot too.
I'm going to do this a few more times before I feel 100% confident on him again. I'm already gaining back my confidence every time I sit on him and actually having him walk around with me on my back has helped tremendously. I don't even hesitate when hopping onto his back anymore like I did a couple days ago...I can tell by the look in his eye and his stance if he is going to let me on him.
I think the cut back in his feed has helped out a lot too...he's been SO lazy lately and I have to actually get after him to get him to canter, when before he'd be anticipating it the whole time. I'd spend the majority of our session getting him to relax and trot since all he wanted to do was canter. We've been working on his transitions and he is doing so well, walk-trot, trot-walk, trot-canter, canter-trot, trot-walk and just repeat it.