At last Monday's lesson I finally succeeded at the sitting trot without stirrups. I managed to stay seated without bouncing; I'm sure much to the mare's relief. I'm going to have to try it bareback next.
My trainer has been trying to get me to canter for some time now. When I first started riding two years ago I wondered when I'd be allowed to canter but it was a case of you must learn to walk before you can run. Now that I can walk (and trot!) I don't really even care if I ever master a canter. I'm sure I'll get it eventually.
Last night's group lesson was a lot of fun. We practiced making the horses circle without reins. I could get a right circle but when I tried for the left the horse kept going straight, I don't understand why shouting, "Left, left, dammit!" didn't work.
And here's what will be happening soon on the Winston front: