Are softening & dropping the same thing?
I've been struggling to keep my elbows supple when cantering and jumping so I don't catch him in the mouth. While I almost have it sorted out, I've noticed that I've been softening the reins when I'm about 5 strides out from the fence. Is that the same thing as what's referred to as dropping the horse? I'm thinking dropping is more when you release a stride before the fence, but any clarification would be nice. I just don't want to replace an old bad habit with a new one.
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.