Originally Posted by Allison Finch
What type of english riding are you wanting to do? It does make a difference. Hunter? Western style HUS? Dressage? Combined training?
Yes, this information is needed before the question about you needing to lean more forward can be answered.
If you do open shows or breed shows then no you are not too far back. If you do the hunter thing at hunter shows then yes, you are too far back.
I think part of the problem is you look too stiff.
I agree on the stirrups being too short and I too have never heard of shortening your stirrups to use spurs. And yes, you need to get your heels down.