Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
You can get that saddle in the right spot by saddling too far forward then pulling the saddle backwards stopping when the cantle and pommel look level, like on the saddle stand. You have a typical western rider chair seat. It happens often bc some western saddles make it too easy to brace against the stirrups.
Riding without stirrups for at least one hour at a time will fix this. You don't need to ride faster than a walk. Also, riding in 2-point will help your balance, weight your heels and get your lined up, shoulder-hip-heel. When you glance down to look only the very tip of your boot (the toe) should peak out past your knee.
You've either studied up on or used ground poles before, bc I can see that they are secured, and you've measured your horse's stride.
I can see that you are using a Kimberwicke. Eventually you will want to train your horse to a snaffle. A Kimberwicke is just a mild curb. You have "piano hands", but your seat is much more important, and I'm sure that your teacher will work on the hands. For a horse that listens, you direct rein with thumbs up, hands the width of the bit, and reins short enough to halt and half-halt without pulling your elbows behind you. In other words, you need to choke up and keep your hands in front of the pommel.
I imagine that you will make rapid progress. Most students don' have their own horse to practice on. =D