Troppo, it's what being taught now too. I agree with both these and SOTH's comments. To me, this is an excuse for incorrect riding. If something is not correct, it's not for a reason. You don't just continue on and think 'oh, it'll be fine when i get to Grand Prix, i'm just an average rider.' You stop, go back a step (or 2 or 10) and get that right. Most of the time, things don't work out because people just don't take the time to do the foundation correctly. 'It's ok if my horse goes behind the verticle, we're only starting out'. No it's not. Stop, think about what you're doing and how you're asking. Fixing horses who are stuck behind the verticle is very, very hard later on. I would rather my horse have his nose on the ground, really stretch himself out for a few strides, and come back to a normal head position with light contact. If my horse ever goes behind the verticle, i correct this right away. And i am 'most riders'. Also, :confused: What happened to using your legs instead to create forward, rhythm and impulsion. That ideal grey photo, she isn't holding anything anywhere. The horse is there because he is forward, and momentum has been created through the legs, from the back.