Originally Posted by onuilmar
Me, I'm not that much into competition, but I find that I will probably always be taking lessons because it's fun. It makes riding more interesting (and safer). There is always something more to be learned/to be improved upon with horses.
I like taking lessons because I figure if I am left to my own devices I'll just create some bad habits. And the thing with taking lessons is every lesson means I'm learnig something new and sometimes something really important. I really like group lessons because you can see - from other people's lessons and skillsets - ideas you can apply to your own riding.
Posting can be a small hell. I have a horse now that kind of has a gait that requires I post. And I don't mind it. I can't describe it - he has a very vigorous trot so a post is the most comfortable way to "sit" it, although I don't do much sitting. He's narrower than my last guy, so the post is much much much much easier. Posting my last horse was like posting a GIANT barrel. It was harder than hard.