we do hunters.
I'm not really trying to get her to carry herself on the vertical as she JUST started to carry me comfortably. She had a huge back issue. Litterally 2 months ago she would hallow her back out and carry her head as high as it could go, in any gait faster than a walk.
Now her back is sore because she's actually carrying me correctly and those muscles weren't really used before.
I don't really want her to be the type of horse that needs a lot of contact to do basic flatwork. I just want her (as of right now) to have a relaxed headset with a soft mouth that responds to a touch of rein.
I do think I'm forward a bit in some pictures, but hunters have a pretty different posture than something like... a dressage rider. This is IMO but I think the picture with the zoom/blurred effect is a good hunter upper body position.
thanks for the input, though!