Don't understand most of your above post sorry OP - punctuation would no doubt help. I did get that you use 'push & release method'. Yes, that(negative reinforcement) is the general method for teaching horses specific cues. What do you do to *reward* what you get from him though? As in, what Good Stuff does he earn in doing what you ask, rather than just the release of 'Bad Stuff'(pressure)? And if he loves to run, do you ever use that as a reward?