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My horse will trot in left lead...I have yet to figure out how to change that. But that's a different topic. When I attempt to post her, she's a tiny bouncy lil pony, occasionally I feel like I'm being thrown up & out of the saddle and have to catch my balance, and on rare occasion use the horn to center myself.

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Just for the record, you post to your diagonal when trotting. Leads are canter. To switch diagonals, you would sit two beats of the trot. You want to rise and fall with the leg on the wall. So everytime the outside leg goes forward, you should be posting up. When it is back, you should be sitting.

With regards to your ponies trot, she can not be balanced if you are balanced. Can you have someone help you on the lunge until you find your balance so you don't have to worry about steering?

What is her level of fitness like?
 

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How long have you been riding?
 

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Do you mean she will trot on the left rein and is stiff to the right? As said above, there are no leads in trot. The legs move in diagonal pairs in equal distances.

Sounds like your pony is hollowed, on the forehand and overall very uncomfortable. I could be wrong, but hearing that she won't trot to the right, and pings you out of the saddle in rising trot is a strong indication that she is certainly not working correctly. Do you have an instructor to help you? If possible, post a video of your riding so we can see whats happening rather than just taking wild guesses from the limited information you have provided.
 

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So apparently I used incorrect terminology. Ill do like you suggest n take a video. It'll be easier to see what I mean. Thanks
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My horse will trot in left lead...I have yet to figure out how to change that. But that's a different topic. When I attempt to post her, she's a tiny bouncy lil pony, occasionally I feel like I'm being thrown up & out of the saddle and have to catch my balance, and on rare occasion use the horn to center myself.

Any help?

Put your heels down and hold on to the saddle :) Shortern your reins to slow him down if hes to fast and that should help :)
 

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lol, when my girls do that, I call it "posting out of your pants". :) It could be your stirrups are too short, and instead of your post being a little hip/seat action, you are trying to straighten your legs?
 

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lol, when my girls do that, I call it "posting out of your pants". :) It could be your stirrups are too short, and instead of your post being a little hip/seat action, you are trying to straighten your legs?
This was my exact problem!
 

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I don't have anything helpful to say, because I am having the exact same problem - but I did want to say your horse Scarlet is so CUTE!!! I looked at her pictures on your profile - she looks like a real darling (with an attitude!).

Is she a paint? I've never seen a paint with white markings that are so extensive, so I wondered if there was a different term.
 

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Thank you so much :) and she is a spotted saddle horse. With a huge huge attitude.
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