So when I ride, I have this thing where I like to keep loose reins. When someone forces me into keeping contact, im fine, but when I school at home I have this problem of wanting to keep my reins really loose. Bear is out of work right now, and will be until late Dec./early Jan. When he comes back into work we will be doing dressage until mid spring (and some western if I can get my western trainer out at all), then I will start jumping him. I want to get him schooling 1st/2nd level movements (will only be showing intro/training this year). But I really do need to work on his collection. I finally figured out how to, but it is very western pleasure style. I watched a dressage clinic yesterday and learned a lot about collection. So I know how to (I am going to have a trainer with me before I start really messing around with the collectoin), but I just don't hold contact well.
Do you guys have any tips that have helped you or other riders?