I backed my leg with the whip yesterday by tapping her side when she tried to ignore it (BTW she KNOWS what is asked, but tries to cheat every single time given a chance), that seemed to work better. DD, I'm not sure about "long and low" (you mean stretched trot, correct?), because you gotta have that contact and bend in place to get a correct stretched trot on circle. I work on stretched one closer to the end of my ride usually.
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