We had a typical warm-up in the indoor arena, attempting to get him to stretch with little success. My trainer likes to mix it up a bit and had us move to the outdoor grass arena for the rest of the lesson. Once we got out there and picked up the trot again, Grumpy started using his hind end and reaching down towards contact on a loose rein.
I have been working with this horse for a year and a half. When I first rode him, he was green broke. He's now super-responsive to leg and seat aids, but this was my first time getting a true stretch out of him and I just wanted to share this personal victory with you all.
And I'm very glad that we achieved this, with the new TL1 having a stretchy circle :).