First off, no need to panic.
Training is not linear, and things won’t always improve without also falling apart in some other aspects.
Second, I’m telling myself it’s OK, to believe in the plan, but stay open for new ideas.
So, Valiosa has become increasingly “soft” in the contact. A bit of curling, instead of having a consistent weight in the reins.
Even with the lightest hands. Pushing her forward is the key, and ignore her being behind the vertical here and there.
See, she does it here and there in posting trot as well. (I also highly recommend not posting images like this online if you want to pretend you know everything and look perfect all the time.)
She’s a smart horse. We’ll get past this. No need to get weird about how ridiculous it feels sometimes.
Repeat: It’s a phase, she’ll get past it. It’s a phase, she’s a young horse and she’ll get past this. It’s a phase, you’re training a young horse and she’ll get past it.
No need to panic.
(OK, is it working yet?!!)
Happy riding weekend!