Originally Posted by Equuestriaan
Thanks for the information and pictures! I ride English. As for the sitting trot, I haven't gone bareback in years but I have found when I drop my stirrups it's a lot easier to sit, so maybe it has something to do with how I am putting my weight in my heels in the stirrups.
Yup. I was going to suggest dropping your stirrups. I think it works because it makes you sink deep into the saddle and really wrap your legs around the horse, as opposed to balancing in your stirrups. Once you get how it feels on that horse, it will be easier to sit down with your stirrups.
As for the spurs, you shouldn't need to kick with them on, but if you find you do, you should use the side of your foot/leg, as opposed to turning your heel into the horse, so as not to kick the spur into the horse. To apply the spur, you don't want to kick so much as turn your heel into the horses flank and apply a little pressure. A little goes a long way! Sometimes, just knowing you have them on is enough to make a horse more peppy.