The posting trot is the centerpiece of saddle seat, at least as long as one is three-gaiting. In equitation, you wow the judge at the trot and then try not to lose the class at the canter.
However, it has been a red-headed stepchild in everything else I’ve done. In hunters & jumpers you trot to warm up. Then you canter. In dressage, the posting trot is a beginner’s gait. As soon as you require anything from the horse, you sit. Even in hunter equitation, posting comes behind canter position & sitting trot in terms of impressing the judge. The posting trot is a gait to be half-assed before you go onto something more interesting.
Therefore, my recent lessons have focused on posting trot mechanics: posting at a walk, posting without stirrups, lunge line work. At one point, I looked over to the other ring. One of the wee up-downers was doing the same exercises I was.
I’m having a blast. My technically-minded, detail-oriented self is all over this kind of work.
After three intensive trot lessons, we have the engine in pieces all over the shop floor. We will now attempt to reassemble it and get it running in the modified configuration.
Gratuitous cat picture