So, I'm currently about 4 months in to riding with a lesson each week. I have begun to canter a few lessons ago, but I still feel like my posting trot really needs help...
First, my legs are always kicking out with each rise, like badly.. My trainer is always saying "MORE LEG!!!" but I literally use like every ounce of strength and it's barely anything.. What can you suggest for getting my legs stronger?
I ride the same two ponies generally (only one per lesson) and one has a really nice trot, but I almost always am "double bumping" the saddle. There was one time for a few minutes that I felt perfectly in tune with the horse and had the perfect rhythm... and I have never felt that since. How do I get on the right rhythm? I'm not worrying so much about diagonals for now.
Then the other pony... Ugh. He has a SUPER quiet trot and I can barely feel the transition from walk to trot.. So I am literally like heaving myself up to rise, he doesn't push me up at all, and I get SUPER tired within a few minutes. However, after I come down from the canter he has a really good trot that pushes me up. With any horse, how do I get them to go faster? Either of them will often toss their head if I just keep kicking, like they don't understand. I'm not a fan of just kicking and kicking until you get a response, but I haven't been taught any other way. Of course, I try using just leg pressure but they seem like they could care less.
The other problem I have is that if we're going any direction other then just around the ring (anywhere through the middle), the trot significantly slows or goes to a walk. And when we do trotting poles, most of the time I cannot keep the trot though I am using leg pressure up the poles. How do I tell them to keep going when they don't respond to leg pressure or kicking?
Also - when I am posting, I notice I stick my butt out really badly since my back is arched, and I have tried to conciously tuck my pelvis under but it's super difficult.. Is there anything else I should be doing to fix it?
This picture is from about a month ago, but my back hasn't changed.. :/