Yesterday we had a lesson with our senior dressage judge....and it was very interesting.. My coach likes high (ish) hands, and no breaking of the wrist at all, P likes lower hands and encourages a rider to 'take a feel' by rotating thumb, and hand down..so no 'break' but definite movement. We worked for a long time on flexion, and got her working really nicely, the low hand and turn really got her softening. Then onto shoulder in, not on the wall, but down the quarter line, so no cheating or hiding, we had some really nice steps, I have to overcome the tendency to bend her to far, and keep the forward going. Last work was on lengthening and shortening the stride, and WOW, she is right, to get a good lengthen you need a good 'shorten' Madam got totally snotty at the end, we had been working on the circle, then moved to working trot on the rail, lengthen across the diagonal. She suddenly decided that she couldn't possibly do the F - H diagonal...that is a problem that pops up every now and again, totally out of the blue. I've seen her do it with the trainer, she's done it with me before, last time I was scared and didn't cope well, yesterday I was able to give her heck and go back and do it again. The ups of the session, P was really pleased on how far Fergie and I have come since she last saw us, she was really pleased with a lot of things, and we had some light bulb moments in the session. Not sure if it is an up or a down, I think Fergie got really wound up, in our usual rides we do a lot of loose rein walks to let her decompress, yesterday not so much...I need to be her advocate and ask for her to have a stretch and think in a lesson. Things I need to work on, still kind of abrupt on asking for things, need to give her more warning and ask nicely. Need to give her more room to go forward especially when working on two tracks. It was a great lesson.