I was wondering what everyone's first experience at the trot was when you were learning to ride. I had my first lesson at the trot today while on a longe line. I knew it would be difficult, but I was surprised at how difficult it was. My heels were all over the place, I was bouncing all over the place, and then my instructor said something that clicked.
She said "even though the horse is moving up and down, there is a small movement of forward and backward that you'll feel in the saddle, just focus on that movement and move your lower body with it"...at least it was something to that extent, I'm sure I butchered her words and made her sound like a complete idiot. Anyway, once I focused on that movement and could really feel myself moving with it the ride felt so much smoother. My heels were still a little out of control, but it was progress.
So anyway, what were your experiences? Was there something that made it click whether it be during an early lesson or years down the road?