Im going to my 5th lesson this week.
Im a complete beginner so don't know much terminology but I am 6ft1 and ride a large horse who im told is on the bouncy side.
I've tried trot briefly in the first 4 lessons but as they are group lessons and its hard to listen to instructions while concentrating on actually riding at the time im still not entirely sure exactly what I am supposed to be doing with my body.
I think so far what I do is, I have my knees bent, feet in stirrups on ball of foot.
Upon each rise I push up slightly with my feet (analogous to bobbing up and down while squatting on the floor) while at the same time pushing up and out with my stomach and lower back.
Then release and repeat trying to match the rhythm.
The second bit is what I do on a fast walk by itself but in a trot the bounce is too pronounced hence the pushing up with feet also.
Is this correct? I think its worked some lessons and not in others. If not what should I be doing with each body part in detail?.
On a side note, is it any easier for the ladies?, being a gent its quite a distraction to your concentration getting smacked in the groin every 1-2 seconds :0.