Bareback? No stirrups? What's best for position improvement?
Just this week, I've started riding my 5 year old bareback in all three gaits. He's really great about it, and I've always felt it improves my position. He's also excellent about being ridden without stirrups. My question is this: since I now can ride both bareback and without stirrups, what might help me with my position most? What exercises might I try? My position problems are these at the moment:
1. I sit too much on the back of my thighs and sometimes sit on my pockets too much.
2. I don't grip when I ride, and I have good balance--I can sit the trot very well. But I have a "long" leg and one that tends to creep up--I tend to weight my right stirrup more.
3. I'm short armed with a long necked horse. To get him soft, I need to bend my elbows, but I sometimes don't.
4. I also, in general, can be too "static" as a rider--I'm very still, too still, according to most observers.
I'd plan on warming my horse up w/ stirrups or on the lunge before I work on my position, just fyi. Just curious about what has helped people.