The learning curve in dressage is not a nice smooth trajectory, and in my case it looks like shark's teeth. Ri and I were facing a barrier to progress in this last few weeks, and despite good advice and support I was at a loss. Sometimes you have to go back a few steps to move forward, and that's what we did. I needed to re-examine my whole notion of contact, or what I thought was proper contact. I think we are moving in the right direction again!
This video is wonderful, and came to me at the right time. It ain't the first time I've heard it, but maybe the 101st time is a charm. It has really helped me.