Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
I may be misunderstanding here, but you're talking about getting a horse on the bit, right? For dressage, and especially higher dressage, the highest point is the poll.
If you have never had a horse rounded on the bit in a relaxed outline, I would suggest lessons on a horse that is capable so you become aware of the feel.
To teach a horse, you need to forget bringing the horse up and round first of all, its all about low work, keeping the contact, but helping the horse build up the correct muscles from working through his hind legs and back correctly. Once this has been establised (we're talking weeks, not days here ;D) you can slowly ask the horse to gradually come 'up' over short amounts of time, but the horse will tire quickly at first, nod or head shake. You really have to find that balance, and feel like you're riding the whole horse, not part of it.
You may want to ask this thread to be moved to the dressage thread. Someone there like Kayty, anebel or Spyder will give you more info about half halts and correct timings and feel, or look for other threads similair to yours.