I'm new to the forum... and to horseback riding. I only started to learn last month. I've had seven half hour lessons so far. I've been reading the threads about riding in this forum and I'm learning a lot but I've been needing a support network of horse riders to give their 2 cents to me. I just had to register and start asking questions. Here are a couple. I appreciate any tips.
1) I've been trying to get the hang of posting the trot. I feel like I'm always on tbe cusp of getting it but I never get there. Before I know it, my half hour session is over. I try to do some "homework" by watching posting trot videos on youtube and even got a metronome and tried posting to the beat on a wide stool. It's not like I can practice riding at home so I'm trying to think of ways I can coax myself to "getting it".
Anyway, during my session yesterday, I thought I had stretches where I got the posting trot right. When you're doing it right and in sync, does it feel effortless? Do you let the upward bump kind of launch you up for the post then back down in time to catch the next shove up? I was able to do this for brief stretches a few times but then eventually I got out of sync, out of balance, and had trouble recovering. When this happens, I get hunched over forward and my feet get too far into the stirrups and makes it so hard for me to reset.
2) My next questions is... what's the best way to reset from a blown posting trot? Should I stop the horse? Slow the horse down to a walk, regain my balance then go again? I failed miserably trying to regain balance, posture, and beat while the horse kept trotting on. It just degenerated into a bumpy ride that I had a hard time recovering from.
As for background information, I'm a guy, 41 years old. I don't think I'm able to learn it instinctively like a 7 year old girl can. I'm just doing this for fun and exercise and have no desire to show. Learning to ride horses just has been on my bucket list all my life. When a horse farm across the street from our development opened up, I said what the heck, now or never. I already feel sheepish enough walking into the ring after 10 year old girls are picked up by their parents, and take my turn for lessons. My wife and two small kids went with me one time and were cheering me on. It was kind of silly seeing parents waiting for their kids' lessons to finish, and it's the other way around for me. My wife and kids were there waiting for daddy's lesson to finish. Sigh... there's this little girl who also just started learning but a couple of months earlier than me. She's up to low jumping now.
Thanks for listening. Any tips for me? Thanks.