I’m new to dressage and just learning how to get connection and suppleness through the reins.
My instructor keeps impressing on me that I always have to work for connection and bend/straightness, you can’t just ask for it and then move on because the horse won’t stay there. Whenever a horse feels tight, I’m supposed to move my wrists “like I’m stirring a pot of soup”, and my instructor often complains that I’m not doing that enough. As a result, whenever I have contact, I’m constantly moving this hand and then that hand, always careful never to stay still long enough to give the horse something to brace against, which sort of makes sense… but here’s where I’m getting tripped up: Isn’t that just see-sawing the bit? I know if I was in the horse’s position, that technique would get very annoying. It certainly doesn’t seem like it would encourage the horse to reach into the contact.
Am I doing this correctly? Is this just the awkward learning stage before refining? Or am I missing something?
Thank you for your input!