I bought an older, but very nice, saddle off of my friend. I rode yesterday in it and was working on getting used to it, just walking and trotting and I cantered one circle. I took lots of english lessons when I was younger, about 5-7, and then moved on to western when we moved out of state. So, I remember very little if any (I'm almost 18 now lol). When I was posting at the trot, I noticed my butt would kinda do a light "double-tap" every time I came down. By the end of the ride I was able to quit doing that, but what does it mean I was doing? Was I behind her movement? Also, when posting, do you come down when the inside leg hits the ground, or do you go up?
I've been taught in western to avoid using my stirrups as much as possible and to use leg power if you are going to post. Is it the same in English or do you want to press into your stirrups? As for hand position, my mare uses mostly leg pressure but sometimes needs a tad bit more cue from the reins. Do you keep you hands close together and use hand pressure along with outside rein pressure?
Any info, tips, or exercises I could do while riding would be VERY much appreciated!