Originally Posted by mcfarawayland
Hello! I just started English riding last month and I'm on my 5th half hour lesson.... but I feel like I'm not improving.
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This made me laugh. :) Unfortunately, riding takes quite a while to develop any proficiency. I would say you're probably doing quite well, considering the questions you're asking.
My instructor told me (when I started six or seven years ago at about 48/49) that it would take about two years with weekly lessons. And that was about right.
Now, understand, I was cantering on lesson three, which I am only now finding out is highly unusual. And then after two years, I was only REALLY ready to begin learning.
I would say that I am probably a proficient amateur. Attempting some of the hard stuff, but only at beginner novice level of eventing, say.
So stay with it. And all those funny movements and weird ways the horse has of going? Pay attention, those all will mean something to you later on.
As for trotting right now. The horse's hind legs help you post. The movement of the hips is up and forward in rhythm with the horse.
Hope this helps. Otherwise, please disregard.