Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
If you are tipping forward, straighten up a bit. Make sure you are not gripping with your knees. Instead, make sure the weight can flow without interruption into your heels. An exercise I like is trotting figure 8s around pylons. When turning around the pylon, the horse (and thus the rider) needs to shift weight to the rear. In the straight parts, more weight goes forward.
Of course, I'm also not above cheating and using an Australian saddle. If my weight starts to slide forward, my thighs hit the poleys and it is very easy to bump my weight and balance back.
Another thing that seems to help me is to practice two-point or half seat at a walk. It seems like that ought to be easy, but I find it tough...maybe just my natural awkwardness.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)