Originally Posted by kevinshorses
I suspect that there are a lot of english ridden horses that have problems like this because it seems like it would be easy for "contact" to become "constant pulling with no release" if you weren't careful.
This is a fine line. Careful not to make generalizations.
Obviously it's not what any rider is going for... but I agree, once you get into that pulling cycle it can be very hard to reverse.
OP, a well trained horse (in my personal opinion) is one that will halt 80% off of your seat and body, with perhaps the last 20% being reins to keep it neat, finished, and pretty. I am one of those people who is going to encourage you to do some revisiting on his training, not his tack.