I have had his teeth done, and back checked twice, plus saddle checked. Mounting is getting better, although he still wants to go as soon as you pick up the reins while standing by the mounting block but at least he isnt cantering on the spot now! - I have totally changed his feed, since going barefoot so, no sugar at all, even took away his lickit block in the stable, he is now feed simple systems feed, so all natural and has extra linseed oil, seeweed, biotin, all good things for his feet, which I have to say, have improved a lot since we have removed his shoes (4 weeks ago) - I also spoke to the ROR organisation and Rowena Cook said to change his french link to a Neuve Schule Team Up Bit, which I did (more money!) and I think he likes this much better. As I said, he is fine in the schooling ring, its when you go 'out' that his fear and flight take over and he just wants to keep moving and cant stand his feet standing still, i.e. the circling to stop him going up etc, I usually do keep him moving (when I hacked out previously) but, this isnt always possible (like last night when there was no where to circle) - I know its a typical ex race horse trait, and he finds hacking out both exciting and scary at the same time, but its quite frankly dangerous. I wonder if we need to do more in the schooling ring, as he doesnt go onto the bit and with a TB when you lose their concentration, they become quite dangerous, so a horse poking his head and looking about for tigers in the hedge isnt ideal. He has come along a lot since we have had him, we have really worked hard, but sometimes I feel its one step forward and two steps back. I dont want to go down the bitless route, I have a DR Cook gathering dust in the tack room, as my daughter enjoys dressage and to be honest, I dont think a DR Cook would make any difference to make him stand still while at a junction or to wait patiently at the side of the road, I am lost for ideas.