Originally Posted by zialov
I started riding Western and switched to English last fall. I lost about 3 months of riding around Christmas so all together I've had 16 lessons in English. I ride in a large Dressage ring (66' x 197') and my teacher's specialty is also Dressage. Since I've been here, We've worked primarily on the posting trot. Several younger people I know have told me the posting trot should not be physically hard. The horse should throw you up in the trot and it should be almost effortless. I'm 61 by the way. I don't find posting the trot to be effortless. I get tired and have a hard time getting completely around the ring. I'm also 30 pounds over weight which I'm working to get off. So what do you guys think? Doesn't it take a certain level of physical fitness to post and don't you have to work on that. My friends (actually they're family) make me feel like I'm doing something wrong and not making the progress I'd like to make.
OMGoodness OP. I am 48 have less than 10 pounds of extra weight, and I will tell you; there is NOTHING
effortless about posting the trot. I have been working weekly at this since August and I still have only 5 out of every 20 steps of "true posting" and the rest of the steps are hanging on and standing in the stirrups. I practiced the trot hard last weekend on Sunday and today, Thursday, my back is still so stiff I can't put my socks on.
I ache so bad I don't want to go to the barn tonight for my lesson.
My horse has a wonderful gait and maintains tempo. I try often to point a finger at him but each time my instructor tells me it is not the horse.
I can't maintain the one-two beat tempo. Half way around the ring I am completely out of breath.
I've been watching youtube videos hoping to pick up a trick and it does look effortless. My instructor told me it is all in the lower leg. I refuse to trust my calves and I am working harder trying to do this from the thighs and knees.
If you figure out the secret please share it with me.