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It didn't take me very long to post at all! One or two riding lessons? I learned on an Appy pony with a horribly bumpy trot, but the way I learned was to listen to the gait, and watch the outside shoulder/leg.

Typically, when riding western, your stirrups are supposed to be longer, and the horses gait is supposed to be smoother, so you sit a trot rather than post.
 

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Does it help to relax your body and just let the trot "assist" you in posting? (if that makes sense) I'm just trying to get my mind around the concept
Somewhat. That would help you keep pace so you look right, but you'll know when youre posting correctly when you feel lots of burning in your lower back, abs, and thighs. Posting correctly is better for your balance and posture and uses lots of core muscles!
 
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