In my last lesson I was on the struggle bus. For whatever reason I could not manage the trot. He was throwing his body around and inverting and flailing. Everything just felt wonky. Trainer asked if she could hop on to get a better feel for what was going on and I said be my guest.
I am pretty sure she has only been on him one other time and that was shortly after I started taking lessons with her. Needless to say she was really impressed in the changes. Some of the improvement was due to his level of comfort. Any time he gets a new rider he gets really anxious. But he has improved a lot too.
I really enjoyed seeing him go and she had fun riding him. The conclusion we came to was I give too much, which results in me dropping the contact and then he immediately inverts. After she rode a bit, I hopped back on and did slightly better. For whatever reason, my timing was just a little off that day.
But yesterday, I did an actual dressage ride and he was so good. I made sure not to drop the contact and just give slightly. Everything was really consistent and right there. I am sure that it wasn't picture perfect, but it felt fantastic.