Originally Posted by Clava
Thank you, that's good
I'm trying to get her off the forehand and lift the front so she has space to extend the front legs, it does mean that I'm leaning back slightly and I feel like my legs are too far forward though (but hopefully I can work on that
I see that. Would it make any difference to shorten or lengthen your stirrup? Sometimes that's something to experiement with if one finds it hard to keep the leg under them. Take that from a person with little show experience, and lot's of experimenting experience (read: fartin' around).
Also, on occasion, you get a bit of puppy dog hands. I think it's part of the you wanting to kind of "help" her left up and stay light in the front, and allow her to stretch forward. If you keep that thumb on top, lasered into the bit, you will have that much better bit through to elbow elastic contact. But, you know all that . . .
Just saw your posting of the prelim show. You two are just the cutest pair!! You are doing a great job of bringing her along.