I used to have a habit of holding the sabble horn, but I don't anymore.
Don't arnch my back, I lean forward like I'm roping. When I'm not roping, straight my back up.
Stand in the saddle when troting and loping.
I always have the girls I give lessons to ride backwards or sideways, I have work on balance and wht ever else they want to learn. I told em the once they have enough balance riding backwards at a walk and trot on the lounge line I'll let them go free haha they wanna be just like me and ride all the horses backwards and sideways. Posted via Mobile Device
2-point lots of it 2-point trot poles sitting the canter. X-rails :) Some other stuff. Trying to be on the right Diagonal the whole time. Sometimes I do lunge work. I do lots of other little stuff to :)
We used to have no stirrup lessons.. if we can't jump without stirrups, we can't move up in height. One summer my saddle sat in the barn until a clinic, or a horse show because I only rode with a halter and leadrope. I'd do walk, trot, canter and jump clean 2'6 courses with changes and everything on my pony. So when the show came around I had complete control. I spent 3 months feeling the pony under me, so I knew everything about him. Never clicked better.. or had stronger legs for that matter lol.
I work have to work on keeping my shoulders back, and hands still and steady. When I ride english, we ride without stirrips for 3 or 4 minutes at the sitting trot and then 1 to 2 times around the arena at the posting trot.