I dont snatch my reins up because im confidant without hanging on my horses mouth.
I dont need any thing to hold onto with my hands so yh, even in my fail photos i can see upon landing and take off my horses mouth is not being pulled back. I am very aware of the bit and take extra precautions even when i fall of i straight away let go of the reins. I don't believe in this connection with the reins as id rather not interfere with his mouth over the jump, the only exception is when im riding English/dressage to have contact but off course not all the time and this is only to get him into a frame for dressage and because that is just how Modern dressage these days is, and how every one sees is the right way. But in time when people realise "massaging" and having a "connection" always with the horses mouth has nothing to do with getting a horse soft and light and learning from pressure and release because they always get used to this pressure and become hard mouthed, so i will not listen to your advice CanterClutz and this is why so theres my view and opinion on it. My horse has a lovely soft/responsive mouth and having any more connection than needed just makes him throw his head and become tense, i like to have hands with a release and hands that don't pull back his head or always put pressure against the corners of his mouth, roof of the mouth or squeeze the tongue back into the mouth he competes thats why he has a bit.
The foolish reject what they see, not what they think,
The wise reject what they think, not what they see.