OMGoodness. Friday was our first posting lesson. I went back to the barn yesterday and today to continue working this.
I can't remember when I was this sore from riding without actually falling off the horse. My spine hurts. My lower back hurts. The inside of my knees hurt. My thighs hurt. My neck is sore.
I don't even want to hear what Sam has to say about this.
I watched videos Friday of posting. I can "picture" what should be happening. But, not so much in the way of execution.
I started watching the outside shoulder for timing, but then I am not focusing on the steering mechanism of riding. Plus, Sam is used to a round pen and we normally stayed away from the wall. Now I am asking him to stay within the confines of the wall and well, frankly, he is confused. When I give him a leg aid to move outside of the cones he gets off beat.
I swear I think at one point he was pacing. In western he had such a beautiful soft trot. Lately he has been doing this stompy off beat jaw breaking clomping. I can't even sit this trot he is putting forth. In fact, I don't think I am posting as much as I am hanging on for dear life!
When I do manage to get a freaky post going, I feel as if I am lunging out of the saddle and over his head.
So, break it down for me. Simple elements.
Do you go straight up and down like a pogo or up and forward on the down beat? On the sit beat, are you actually sitting? Or is it a pretend sit, like during musical chairs when you are trying to cheat and anticipate the music pause? Are only your toes in the stirrups or your whole foot? My legs are flopping around like ribbons and I am losing my stirrups. In western you don't want to put your weight into the stirrup. Is this the same with English?
If during our practice (when no one is watching) DingDong Sam decides to cut a corner, should I care at this point? Or just allow him to maintain his pace? I hate that he is driving so to speak, but am I worrying about something too soon? Should I go with getting him and me into a smooth rhythm and school him on direction afterwards.
In fairness to him, he is probably wondering why I am flopping around on him so much. I worked so hard to sit the trot that all of a sudden I am pounding on him.
Maybe I should share my Aleve and Jack with him. Hahahaha