Originally Posted by StormyBlues
I just don't get how it helps, because posting is all about rythm and you arn't finding a rythm. It's just confusing me lol!
I have all of my students learn to "post" at the walk before the trot. I call it "posting" but really it's just getting used to standing up when the outside leg goes up, and sitting down when it goes down. So it's not really to a rhythm like at the trot but getting used to the positional changes of standing up and sitting down, keeping your leg in the correct place so you CAN stand up and sit down, etc.
To the OP, congrats on starting lessons!! I think you're completely where you should be! Sounds like your trainer is doing a good job! When I teach a first time lesson we work first on walking/halting, and then steering. Once they get a handle on that we work on posting at the walk and getting up into a half seat. Once they get that we start to do a bit of a trot to get used to the feeling. Then when they are secure in that I put together posting and trotting together. That can take anywhere from a few lessons to a few months depending on the rider. The horses I use for these first lessons are the calmest and smoothest. And laziest.
They aren't going anywhere in a hurry and will definitely NOT run off with anyone. When they're ready (legs are stronger and more still) I will put them on a horse that doesn't need kicking to go, but until then they ride horses that sound just like the ones you're on! Have fun and keep us updated!