When I rode before, I used to do the loose hunter rein type style. Rusty was really good with that - we got 2nd in Non-Thoroughbred hunters! But I do want to take up contact, especially when we start finessing stuff. Actually, my dream is to do eventing, and I'd like to work on the real basic stuff with Rusty - like taking up contact. When I take up contact and just have a light feel on his mouth, though, Rusty pulls. He puts his head down and pulls. My response is to squeeze with my legs to keep him going forward, and while that helps a bit, he immediately goes back to pulling. It's obnoxious.
Basically, I think I need to get a video on here ASAP of me just riding him on the flat. Then you'll understand some. Maybe tomorrow I can. I know that's what will help you guys the most.