Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Two mistakes I've made, which may have nothing to do with your riding:
1 - Saddle fit. After much measuring and thinking, I decided my English saddle needed a med-wide gullet instead of a wide. I honestly can't SEE the change in saddle tilt, but I was amazed at how much different it felt. I spent a year working against my saddle. My horse was happier too!
2 - Elbows. Mine were too far forward. I think I did that because I was nervous and wanted to be ready to tighten the reins, but it pulled me forward. And the more nervous I would get, the farther I would tighten up the reins, the farther forward my arms, the more I became off balance and more nervous, etc.
I still lean forward at a trot, but not as bad as before. I'm a weird rider, so don't be surprised if it has nothing to do with your riding.