My instructor has me working on my half-seat at a walk. She says it's good for balance and getting used to the horse, and I understand it's necessary for jumping and can be helpful for cantering too.
But oy! I am having trouble with it!
Is there a trick to finding your balance? Is it one of those things that suddenly starts to work and you don't go back, like riding a bike or posting a trot? Or is it just something you get after lots and lots of effort?
I get up off the seat and I either feel like I'm pitching forward (instructor says this means my legs are too far back) or I'm bumping my butt back into the saddle (she says this means my legs are too far forward).
And I go between these two extremes. Forget about steering the horse while I'm at it, I'd just be happy if I could properly hover over the saddle!
Will be deeply grateful for any good suggestions, visions, shared experience, etc.