One of the first things I was asked to work upon where I ride was to stand up in the stirrups, I still focus on it in each lesson even today... I'm told to grip with my knees as I rise up but I find that really hard to do while trying to find my balance! How should I correctly stand up in the stirrups? I can do it fairly well when my horse is standing still but I can't do it for long when he is walking and trotting is well... Lets not even go there!! I can post to the trot pretty well and I can walk fine too, the thing is I can't stay up in the stirrups for long before tipping forward or falling back into the saddle. I was also asked to do this in the trot yesterday and I was just being forced back into the saddle the entire time! How should I rise up and where should I stand? Should my crotch be slightly over the pommel like when you do the rising trot? Should my knees be bent or should they be straight with my legs? Should I squeeze lightly with my thighs and calves or should I have all my weight in the stirrups?
Please help guys this is really bugging me loads and I really want to get this down, I just finished my 12th lesson in which I continued to work on my trot which is getting better every day so everything else isn't an issue right now except the standing in the stirrups and the two-point (different thread posted regarding that)
I will be beginning my third week of riding this coming Monday so I haven't been riding for long at all!