When my hands get in my lap and I start pulling backwards to maintain contact, we get the above picture. As my favorite dressage judge said, I need to keep my reins short enough that I always feel like my hands are going forward. It sounds quite simple, but the reality is Stinker has a very long neck and can retract it to a very short neck very very very rapidly. I struggle with being quick enough to shorten my reins when his head pops up and then lengthen them again when he stretches out and so on as the cycle continues. But when I do manage to get things right he looks good. Like an actual dressage horse.
Dressage horse, when rider remembers to ride
Unfortunately those moments are few and far between right now. But it is nice to know it is in there and I can find it under saddle. I have seen it on the lunge line, but getting it when I am riding has been tough. Hopefully, we can keep maintaining for the next month. And there might be some promising news on the moving front soon.