So my question has to do with collection/on the bit/whatever it should be called. I think in my stage of riding I am really concentrating on making sure the horses that I ride are staying light in their face, easy on my hands, holding the bit for themselves, and pushing from behind. In order for me to achieve this, I first start working on having lateral flexion mastered before I work on vertical flexion. When they give to the pressure, I release them. Then, in order for vertical flexion, I squeeze with both my legs, take up rein pressure. When they give, no matter how long it takes them, I give back the reins. The mare that I rode at school caught on to this very quickly and now ALWAYS stays soft in her face for me. I take up the reins lightly and she's got her nose in. She's even gotten to the point where I can gently squeeze my legs and she tucks her nose in.
I guess what I want to know is, am I doing this right? In the pictures below, is she behind the vertical? Is she avoiding bit pressure? How much pressure should I feel in the reins to know the difference from pushing against the bit and being "on the bit"?
Whenever anybody else rides her, her nose comes straight out and gets very heavy in her face and gets on her forehand. Its like no one knows how to ask it of her and she is more than capable of doing it! Then when I get back on her, I have to fix her up.
I'm not really sure what I'm asking, so I'm sorry if this sounds confusing. I guess I'm looking for more information on collection and being on the bit.