Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
All about practice!
My worst habit is curling my shoulders! As if that will save me from any issues! It doesn't... Still fall off ha!
The best way I found is to have someone keep an eye on me. I was VERY lucky when I had my youngster that my trainer was on site and taught most evenings. She is such a lovely lady that she would give snippets of when I needed to do something, and over time this has gone.
Think muscle memory too. The more you practice a correct back position, and stop thinking about arching and bracing yourself against the horse, your muscles will develop to sit straight and after time you won't have to think about it.
Do you have mirrors in the school? Always good to keep an eye on yourself!
I would have thought, too,manat if you arch your back you must come through your hips fairly stiff... Feel for that as a sign as you will then find it a lot harder to sit and be in a connection with the horse.
Lower legs will come with time. Riding has so many different aspects that when you get your back, legs will follow and in a few months you will wonder why you asked. Just keep up with your trainer.
Also,mas a thought,mperhaps look at a chirp to give your back the once over to check for knots and stiffness and get warm up exercises for prior to riding?