Thanks for the replies! I'll try to answer everybody.
tinyliny: I use the halter when I ride for the first few times for a couple of reasons. It's something I can use to keep myself busy while I'm up there which I've found to be really helpful in dealing with any nervous energy I may have in my own body from any un-helpful thoughts that may pass through my head (example, this horse already bucked off a good rider). Staying constantly busy helps me to stay present in the moment and block out all that mental noise which would get me in trouble if I let it get carried away. Also, my horse gets used to ropes flying around, objects going into and out of his blind spots and reappearing on the other side, he can learn to live with those things which will really help him in all areas (especially when I go to swing a rope on him). I could also ride him in a hackamore, and I will, but for the first few rides I like to do this. Plus, there's no chance that I could flip the horse on top of myself in a panic situation by accidently pulling straight back should I lose my seat.
You're right, he is more reactive on his right side and slightly too familiar in my space on the left. That comes from being handled predominantly on the left for most of his life. Same old story lol.
I do also do work at-liberty in the round pen in getting a horse rope-broke. I may do another video on that if anyone is interested.
Sherian: Thanks, I'm glad you like him. :) As for saddle fit, I'd have to agree that it could probably be more ideal. I'm pretty poor lol. My income is roughly equivilant to the average working cowboy so, only got the two saddles. XD
It fits him in the most important ways, but I agree it aint outside the realm of possibility that it could be a factor. Though if he can learn to live with it that'll just make him that much better.
AnrewPL: Thanks. I'm 33 myself and already have a limp so I have an appreciation for what you mean! Agree about looking out ahead part. I wondered if anyone else would catch that! Yeah I'm lookin' to see if he's gonna buck me off! You're right though, it is causing him to doubt going forward. I'm lookin' at him and he's lookin' at me lookin' at him. Can't wait to get outside and find something else to look at besides horse ears!
Elana: You got it. Yeah I am thinking about cows, matter-of-fact! Last July the neighbor's cows got loose and showed up in my camp and this guy walked right into the middle of them. Stirred no more a ripple than an old veteran bridle horse. My eyebrows went up a few inches that day, I can tell you.
Chevaux: If there's interest..