No stirrups until you learn to sit. It's a painful
process until you learn it...but once you can sit without stirrups and attain natural balance with your horse you will be such an overall better rider for it. This will take some time and I 100% agree with the posters that said that this is a process and not to trot/canter until you are ready. With that being said, you will need to push yourself slightly every time you ride to continue to progress.
Originally Posted by Pinto
No stirrups or reins. Obviously, don't try that at a trot or canter until you're sure you won't go falling off haha. If you feel unsteady grab a bit of mane or the front of the saddle.
I'm going to have to disagree with this one. As soon as you lean forward you throw yourself and your horse off balance. How do I know this? Previous experience. When I started no stirrup work, every time I got nervous or started to panic, what was my answer? Grab the pommel. And what happens then? You end up grabbing your horse in the mouth, losing balance, throwing them off balance, and so on - which may or may not make your horse rush, and just add to the problems. So my advice is completely opposite to this - sit straight/back, and sit in.
I also agree with the core work suggestion.
Keep us posted!