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        10-24-2013, 12:46 PM
      #41
    Foal
    Everyone has trouble learning to post. It's a matter of practice and getting the rhythm of it. Have you practice it when the horse is standing still. Be sure your stirrups are the right length and try to keep your heels down. It will help your balance if you do. When you learn to post properly, you'll be so happy and you'll be proud of what you accomplished.
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        10-24-2013, 02:26 PM
      #42
    Yearling
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    ...last week we tried to begin trotting. It was ridiculous. I was ridiculous.
    As everyone else has pointed out, this is perfectly normal

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    First off, I could not get him to trot. I tried squeezing and squeezing and squeezing, but my out-of-use, forty-something muscles are pathetic and horsey kept on walking.
    I'm not trying to be rude, but maybe you should consider working on that outside of riding? At 40-something, you're still quite a bit younger than many beginners, including me. I know some people claim that riding is exercise, and will get/keep you in shape, but for me, it's something that I need to stay in shape in order to do.

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    My trainer ran him a little by gently holding the bridle and jogging with him. I realize now we could not have been going fast at all, because she was just very gently jogging next to his head.
    Yes, a trot does not have to be fast at all. I will often get off and jog/trot with my horse when trail riding, just to give my leg muscles a good stretch. Can't quite manage to keep up with a canter, though.
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        10-24-2013, 07:08 PM
      #43
    Foal
    Good news! I was on a different horse today, and things went sooo much better. Also, we did trotting on the lunge line so I didn't have quite so much to think about and do at once.

    This guy was more responsive to me than the other lesson horse was, which is such s confidence booster, and his smaller body makes it easier for me to squeeze. He is in between the bigger horse and the pony, probably a 15+ hands. And while his trot is bigger than the pony's, it is not so powerful that it takes my breath away. It stretched my comfort zone without going completely outside of it. I did not post perfectly, and I'm sure it wasn't pretty while I was sitting either, but I was able to keep my hands down with occasional reminder, to think about putting my heels down, and and to remind myself to breathe and try to relax. Basically, I wasn't in a blind panic.; )

    She said we will see if I can keep riding this guy. He is a better fit for me, overall, both physically and mentally. Though the other horse is very good and mild tempered, I was always intimidated because of his size (he's a beautiful warmblood with a nice strong round behind), even though that wasn't necessarily logical.

    Feeling much better and encouraged. Now I can actually focus on all your good tips. : )
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        10-24-2013, 07:09 PM
      #44
    Foal
    Here is the new boy.
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        10-24-2013, 07:39 PM
      #45
    Foal
    Awwww he's a cutie! I'm glad it all worked out!

    Trust me, you will feel more comfortable in no time. I just started lessons in August, after 15 years break, and back then I only had weekly lessons for a year.
    Now I am stronger than before, just with more saddle time.

    Also if you are doing sitting trot, try doing it without stirrup (if you're very nervous, maybe do it on lunge line), I find it much easier and I can learn how to sit properly. Good luck!
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        10-24-2013, 07:52 PM
      #46
    Foal
    New boy is such a cutie and I'm glad he's working out for you! Maybe in time you'll be able to progress to the warmblood and tackle your fear. I'm confident that your answer, in the future, will be more than "yes" and into the "definitely" zones as you grow as a rider. :) Please keep us posted on your progress! I'm so glad to hear you're out of the pits.
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        11-15-2013, 12:10 AM
      #47
    Foal
    Update!

    I've been riding the smaller (15 hands ish ) lesson horse for several weeks now. He is more mild and easier for me to manage and is a good confidence booster. : ) I have still been battling trotting fears though, so we've been working on the lunge line for that.

    Today I finally got my posting trot back. : ) All of a sudden I had that nice elastic feeling again. I had to ask if he was still trotting. Lol.

    What a relief! It's soo much nicer than bouncing around and feeling out of control. It was a huge revelation to me to realize that coming up out of the saddle to post actually makes me feel LESS like I'm going to fall off. It is actually less scary! Lol

    I'm sure it wasn't pretty or perfect, and we didn't do it for a long time, but I did finally get the hang of it again most importantly got over the mental hump today. Finally. : )
         
        11-15-2013, 02:29 AM
      #48
    Foal
    Oh I am so glad to hear such good news! Over time you can work to refine how you look while you ride, it's the mental blocks that can to be hardest. As you said, you've had a huge victory and I think we should all celebrate!

    Well done!
         
        11-15-2013, 02:50 AM
      #49
    Weanling
    Yay! It's such a fantastic feeling when you finally connect :)

    My first lesson horse was a big 17.3 clyde x tb. He had hard sides, for someone who's had ten years off from riding. He killed my leg. And I always thought I had decent legs. I walk to and from work up hills. I do a lot of squatting and walking at work. He was a lazy boy.

    It's funny. I had falls when I was a teenager, my fear isn't falling. It's the horse. I take a minute to dismount because I hang their for a second to make sure they don't do anything. IDK why, it's not rational at all.
         
        11-15-2013, 09:21 AM
      #50
    Weanling
    I glad to hear things are going better. I am still scared of the trot. The funny thing is that I am less nervous on a lesson horse then on my own horse. I personally like posting the trot better then sitting but my instructor insist I learn to sit the trot. I can wait to hear more updates.
         

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