Sam and I took our first English lesson tonight. Wow. What a workout.
We borrowed a bridle with a snaffle bit. I'm completely confused by how to hold the English reins.
Sam was unhappy with the snaffle bit and couldn't understand why I kept pulling on his mouth with taunt reins.
We worked at the walk for quite a bit, getting used to the bit action and posture.
Then came the trot. And the post.
I am post-helpless. Post-deficient.
I hang too long on my up and double-touch my down. I felt like I was going to thrust my hips right over the horse's head and the whole time my horse was doing the foxtrot instead of the two-step.
We also learned that Sam doesn't understand why he needs to stay against the wall.
I managed to actually post for 10 feet then something happened and I was doing up & down down instead of up down.
Sam also needs to learn how to sustain a trot for more than 5 feet.
By the end of the session we were both sweaty. I had no idea riding a horse was so exhausting.
Wish us luck!