I started taking riding lessons at an English riding barn in Maine when I was 5 years old. I still remember the instructor's chant as I trotted around the ring on my barn favorite, Ruby the chestnut QH mare: "Up, down, Up, down, Up, down" as I learned to post. Those lessons stuck with me and I have done a gosh darn awful lot of posting on dozens of different horses over the last 20 years! Thing is, every horse has a different trot and I realized this morning as I cruised my Blazer boy through the the neighborhood that the more accurate trotting chant in this case would be: "Up, up, up, Down, Up, up, up, Down" as he has the loftiest, most ridiculous trot in the world. For a 14 hand, short coupled horse he actually has a huge stride and trots an average 8 mph easily just like Desire, but when he gets a wild hair, or sights in on a darker splotch in the pavement, he shortens about another six inches and my butt is thrown literally a foot+ out of the saddle to post him. It's really easier to grab mane and stand!
Stand tall as we prance along!
Hope everyone is happy that the election nonsense is over and is out enjoying this beautiful weather like I am!!