Originally Posted by smrobs
Huh, that is interesting. I always wondered because I started with the sitting trot first (of course at like 4 or 5, I just basically kept my hands glued to the saddle horn and giggled my ass off until the horse stopped on his own).
Well.. That's actually not a true "sitting trot" in english
(although I don't see a problem when little kids do it). It's "not able to post".
BUT you also ride western so "no posting" is quite general as far as I understand plus western horse's trot (jog) is very different from, say, TB trot (which is huge at times).
On side note "posting" definitely doesn't come in one lesson. So every beginner I've seen does go through "sitting trot" stage till he/she learns how to post. And I agree with AB, it also helps a lot to feel the "rhythm" of the horse.