Yes and no, Sarah (good question, btw, and was waiting for someone to ask it!! -how did I guess it would probably be you?
). He had been too short in the neck and deep under saddle when I first had him. Even though on a light contact, I found that having my hands higher, PK style I suppose, helped to keep him where I wanted him. Now, he is becoming stronger, and yesterday, having seen myself on the pics, I realised I am still riding him with my hands higher than I need to now, and lowered them again. I would still raise them again momentarily, if he were to go short in the neck, and then release forward a little, again very quickly as soon as he had 'given'. I only ever do this with horses which have been ridden either too low, or lean on the rein, or have been ridden short in the neck.
He stayed in carriage yesterday the whole time, but I needed to take a more definite contact with my hands lowered. I couldnt have done that even a couple of days ago without him wanting just to speed up- as soon as you took up a contact at all, he just bogged off. Now, I want him to be on a more defined contact to be able to collect him more- eventually he will go on the weight of the reins again, as he develops more advanced self carriage. The fact that he now allows me to take up a contact is another huge step forwards. And when I say 'take a contact', it is still not a heavy one.
He is having the day off today as he has been such a good boy, but Debbie hopefully will be down next week, so will get her to take some video.