I can't stress enough the importance of observing riders who know how to post. In my experience,
students who watch other lessons or go to competitions to watch more experienced riders learn
twice as fast. It motivates them. Talk to other riders. Tell them about any problems you have.
They're likely to be helpful and encouraging, and you may just find a very valuable friend, but like
many others, horse people won't offer advice unless asked. Except for your instructor, of course.
Posting to the trot involves subtlety and rhythm; following motion, not resisting motion.
Remember, as you post, the pivot point is your knee. Now you're beginning to move in harmony with
the horse. Unless you're an engineer, forget trying to figure out the mechanics of the trot and your
movements, and feel the trot instead.
Toby is a Draft Cross -- a cross between a Draft (a large horse bred to pull heavy loads) and
another, smaller breed. Although of average height, he's big boned and bulky, and his feet are
twice the usual size. He has a long, full black mane and tail, giving him a playful appearance, and
playful he is. In the field, he's silly. He likes to take the halters off other horses with his teeth. You'll
also find him rubbing his neck on trees a lot.
Especially sweet and docile with people, Toby provides a calm and steady mount. He proves that
you can't judge a horse's temperament by his size. He's patient with beginners and won't do
anything crazy, even if you make mistakes. But like many Draft Crosses, he has a well-deserved
reputation for laziness, which can present a challenge for riders. Toby can be stubborn and refuse
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