Oh yes, I am so pleased with our lesson. I am releasing at the right time, but I am pulling his head around too fast and that is why he is stiffening, not softening..... (I wrote a thread earlier about stiffening-not softening). She had me lighly encourage him slowly to move his head and he was a doll on both sides.
He is also blowing me off, so my cues when he does not listen need to be serious. My trainer told me to not ride him for the next four or five times we go out there and to just do ground work so he is supple on the ground, in the halter.
The only not so good thing was, she had my daughter hold her hands like she was playing a piano, which I know is wrong for shows, but my trainer always has a reason for things. Any one have an idea why? I am guessing that for a child leverage is more when their hands are that way.....??