Under saddle, I am getting his transitions smoothed out. Walk to trot and trot to walk are spot on and the trot to canter only took one good pop with the dressage whip to let him know I was serious. His whoa is light and easy, in fact it is almost all seat.
So, now on to the frustrating part. He has NO lateral control at all. No matter how I shift my weight, adjust my reins, where I put my leg, any amount of leg seems to mean forward. I tried putting his nose to the fence just to give him some idea of moving left or right, but he just backed up and ducked to the side. I have tried doing work in hand to move him away from the pressure, and while he seems to get that, it is just not translating to saddle work.
I don't want to do anything to ruin his forward so I want to stay out of his face, but I need suggestions for how to get some form of lateral give. Right now all our turns and figures are coming solely from rein and that is an imperfect control at best. Any ideas are welcome.