Originally Posted by xxEmilyxx
Thank you! I had another lesson today. I tried that and fell off! I can't figure out how to ride him with no stirrups! I guess I just don't have the balance?
Yes! Balance is key. It'll just take practice. At first work a lot without stirrups at walk in different positions including two point. This will help you build some of the muscle that is required for balance.
When you start trotting, due it in short bursts for a while. Trot down the long side of the arena without stirrups and then make a transition down to walk. Walk the short side and then pick up trot down the long side again. This will give you a chance to readjust if you start to lose your balance. As you get better you can go longer periods of time.
Also make sure that when you are trotting that you keep your shoulders back and you sit up straight. If you start tipping or gripping with your knees it will become increasingly harder to post or ride your horses rough trot. Really focus on correct position with even distribution between your inner thigh and inner calf with your weight in you heel.