A bit of back story... With two years off of riding and quite a bit of weight gain due to medical problems, I lost a lot of my muscle and riding skills. It has now been about four months back to riding and I am progressing along slow and steady.
With the horse I am leasing I have mastered the sitting trot... Well, its not perfect but its 100% better then I was when I first started. I was riding him western but have gone back to my preferred riding style english, because I would like to start doing dressage and jumping again.
I am having LOTS of problems with the rising trot. My lease horse needs a lot of leg to keep him going and my leg swings forward when I rise in the trot because I am pushing off of the stirrups. As a result he slows down because I think I am throwing myself and him off balance. My trainer told me to do lots of stirrupless work with rising trot to fix this... but I am not going anywhere. When I try to rise with no stirrups I go forward a tiny bit, but not really up. I never used to have this problem. What am I doing wrong? She also wants me to do 2-point with no stirrups, but how can I do this when I can't lift myself up into the proper position? Do I just need to practice a lot and gain more muscle? What exercises can I do to gain the muscle?
Sorry this is so long.