... the position of my lower back and shoulders. I have a hard time keeping straight and steady. It always tends to tilt slightly forward. How do I stop this?? If I'm working on something new and concentrating on lots of things at once, my back is the first thing to suffer. For example, going up into a new gait (since I'm concentrating on that, I'll forget my back position and tilt forward slightly).
This makes a difference to my horse as well. The other day, I was riding a little bit forward and the moment I started to sit back and straighten my back, my horse immediately lifted her back and went into a frame. I had found my centre of balance and wasn't ahead of her diagonal anymore.
Here is me at the trot ... and yes, I am aware I have piano hands here and that my toes point out:
And the canter... my back is now way worse:
What are some practical exercises to help my back? Please help! Thanks!