Ruth is a very nice lady that lives here on the ranch. She is not full time here but spends most of the summer and spring too, now that I think about it. She is not able to ride as much as she would like, but tries to make time for a few lessons while she is here.
I had her riding Quatro. Quatro is not a real get up and go type of horse so at times he needs a little encouragement. I rarely ride him because he is a pretty little horse. Great for new riders and he is a really good teacher. You have to work at making him go, and going the direction you want him to go.. When I ride him that is not an issue, cause he knows that I know. But for someone like Ruth, he really makes her work for it. We work on one rein stops the first part of the lesson and then worked on trotting. She did pretty good, and I think with more practice it will get easier for Ruth.
Trotting is the easiest gate for the horse but the hardest for the human. Horses can trot for a long time but, we humans, don't seem to be able to do as well. Especially if we don't ride very much or don't know how to post. The trot for the horse is a two beat gate and if you can't sit the trot, because the horse's trot is too ruff, you will feel like you are trying to ride a jack hammer. That's why posting is a great skill for all riders to learn, even if you have a horse that has a great trot. Because the trot is a two beat gate the easiest way to learn to post is count. One, two, one, two. Coming lightly out of the saddle on either the one or the two and coming back to the saddle on the other number. If you will learn to keep your heels down when riding, this will get easier and easier. What happens, what I have seen, is folks will point their toes down and this really lifts them out of the saddle. It puts their weight forward over the horses front shoulders making it harder for the horse to go, and most of the time the horse will just stop, cause it hurts him too... It is a skill that takes time and if you watch a lot of horse stuff on t.v. you can watch folks there and see how to get it done. Watch closely how effortless it is for them and try to copy that. Or come by the house and I will help you.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.