My biggest struggle right now is related to consistently being able to release over fences enough to allow Tillie to stretch. I have a hard time with this because her neck is fairly short, so I need short enough reins to have a good feel for her and keep her in the contact for flatting between the fences.
Out of all the photos above, the first one is the ONLY one where my hands are not planted at her wither. I also notice in all of them, even the higher heights my hip angle doesnt really change all that much. I stay really upright in my upper body, which is always a BAD thing...but it certainly isnt allowing me to get those longer /lower arms.
P suggested to lower my hands on each side of her neck and that would help, but clearly I am stuck in this position and no fence or change of anything causes me to adjust.
I do not want to lay on my horses neck like Ive seen all too many times...but I do think I have a stiffness somewhere or this safe place of balance (not unlike Tillie when we dressage) that I havent quite been able to branch out of and trust.
So I guess I need to figure out how to do this...and how to not get too quick with my upper body on the approach but get more comfortable once we do take off and land.