Great feedback! I love the way you're putting in some more details. It really helps.
This tells me something here - " He will dig in and run himself to the ground rather than comply, which doesn't really get person or horse anywhere."
That tells me a few things. Whatever is creating this issue, this horse has some determination to make his solutions work out for him, and really doesn't have any better idea of how to get it done. I would like to encourage you to just keep on going the way you are going. If I can add one thing to it, it would be to be conscious of when he starts coming up with any other idea at all, even if it's not the one you want. If you continue to present that the bucking behavior is just not going to work out for him, he may try something different. Be aware of that, and as long as it's not something worse than bucking, allow it for a time or two. It may just break his mind out of being locked into thinking there's only one way out of his trouble. When his mind opens to the possibility there may be more than one thing he can do, then he will start searching for what will work out the best for him.
So keep telling him the bucking doesn't work, but be alert to his trying something different under the same circumstances. He's a very determined horse.
As Ray Hunt used to say, "Workin' agin' ya, you don't need it. Workin' for ya, you can't beat it."
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