Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Work on your left leg. Find something not as high as your stirrup but higher than you can easily lift your foot, and spend time with your left foot on it & your right foot on the ground. Increase the height as able.
Same with stepping. Your arms are not there to pull you on the horse. They are there to keep you from going sideways. Your leg makes you go up. Find something shorter, but still a challenge, then step up-down, up-down, repeat until tired. As you get stronger, find something higher to challenge you.
... 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)