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post #1 of 11 Old 05-17-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Simply posting at the trot....

My posting is awful. It feels very clunky, off-balance and doesn't feel like a "fluid" movement. I think it's because I have never really been taught how to correctly post. My movement is almost an up and down teeter totter motion which makes my hands terribly bouncy as a by-product. My upper body looks and feels extremely stiff.

Please tell me, would you say posting is more of a front to back movement rather than up and down? Would you say it is move of a front pubic bone movement rather than less butt movement? (leading with your belly button rather than pushing up with your butt) Also, how do you keep your leg so still? Mine seems to do this "kick out" thing. I think again, a by-product of the up and down.

Any advice on correct and fluid posting would be helpful. I've watched many videos trying to envision the mechanics of how it all should be working. Thanks.
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I'm sure there are other people that can help better than I. But I was told to post inbetween my hands. You have your hands down near your saddle and you post forward with your pubic bone so that you would almost be in between your hands-does that make sense? It really helped me to understand the mechanics for some reason.
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Yes, it is forward and back rather then up and down. Posting should come for your thighs and butt muscles, not your lower leg. I would suggest posting without stirrups to fix your "kicking out" issue.
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Thank you. I think I need to set my mark right at the front of my saddle and post towards that. If you post from your thighs and butt, how do you get up out of the saddle without gripping with the knees? Do you grip with your thighs and then move forward?
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Oops! Didn't see the other posts asking the same questions!
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there can be a lot of reasons for you not being able to find your "sweet spot" in posting. Could be the saddle. Could be your horse's way of going. Could (and likely is) the way you are moving. Is it possible for you to post a video? this would help tremendously for us to be able to give concrete advice. We promise to be "nice" about it.
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Any chance for a video? You may be doing something that prevents you getting the right feel for it.

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its more of a front to back motion, don't over post just let the horses movement push you out of the saddle instead of trying to force yourself to stand up. Remember to post off of your heels and grip with the calves and thighs. Practice makes perfect. :)
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Front to back motion, grip comes from the calves. You could think about your bellybutton leading also. :)

I've been taught that you keep your lower leg as still as possible and think about posting from your knee. Nothing lower than that should really do much with posting except staying still and providing a base.

Posting isn't really so much something you do as much as something the horse helps you do. You should rise as the horse's stride pushes you up. Shouldn't be much movement on your part.

Working on the lunge line might be helpful, as you would really be able to focus on yourself instead of trying to control the horse and work on your posting. Good luck!
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My posting is awful. hands terribly bouncy as a by-product. My upper body looks and feels extremely stiff.

..., how do you keep your leg so still? Mine seems to do this "kick out" thing. I think again, a by-product of the up and down. ....
When posting the horse will bounce you up (in dressage think of posting straight up in the air, not forward) and you softly sit as you come down. To help with the hands think of your elbows being attached to your waist and as you get bounced into the air you OPEN your elbows. As you sit you close your elbows - this should allow you to keep a steady contact on the reins.

If you don't push your butt out of the saddle, but allow the horses to bounce you up, then you should not be gripping with you legs. If you focus on "pulling" your body straight up then your legs should remain in the correct position (i.e. you will almost be "standing" while in the up position so your legs should be straight up and down with a slight bend in the knees).

Do not grab (pinch) with your knees. Look forward (not down), breath and relax. The more relaxed you are the better your posting will be.

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