Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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If you have access to an English saddle, use that, and remove the stirrups. Then have someone lunge you at a walk. Once you're comfy, put your arms out to the side. When comfy, trot, then lope. Don't rush it. It may take many sessions.
When you learn to rely on your seat, and your body's ability to follow the horse's movement, rather than relying on your saddle, then it won't matter whether the stirrups are there or not. Your stirrups are a tool, you don't want them to be the only thing between you and the dirt.