It’s important to have a plan for each lesson. Some programs run continuously while others have sessions. I work at a continuous program but I like to still think of “sessions” so there is a goal to work toward at the end of 6, 7, 8 weeks – whatever the case may be.
I plan backwards, so if the end goal is to do a posting trot on lead, I set up each lesson to work towards that goal. It’s important to know what your benchmark is before a rider can work towards a posting trot. For me, that means the rider needs to already be walking off lead, able to stop and steer their horse. The rider may also need to already have the balance and strength at the sitting trot, but that is for the instructor to decide individually. Below is an example of how I might lay out the lesson goals for a rider who is riding at the walk independently and sitting the trot.