My lesson on Thursday went a long way toward making me feel like less of a failure. We spent the whole lesson focusing on me, specifically on my hands.
|PC: My mom|
This is pretty much what the judge said. Rider needs to help not hinder horse's balance.
She had me half halt by lifting upward, with open elbows. It was definitely an exaggeration to get me to give up a bad habit. I also couldn't do this with short reins or else my elbow closed instead of opened when I went to use the reins, so I had to keep my reins short.
Connor responded pretty quickly. He softened, his throatlatch opened, and he stopped pulling with his chest so much. After a while, he even stood up straight and came on my aids, so that my aids could be quieter.
Time to fix the foundation, and I think my hands are a big part of that.