Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
I agree with Anabel on getting your horse moving. I also agree with whoever it was that mentioned longe lessons (I believe it was myboypuck).
Now, the fact that you are having so much trouble with posting makes me think you're doing it wrong. The biggest problem for riders is that they try to work against the horse instead of working with them. When you try to work against your horse when posting... bad things happen. Which sounds like what is going on now.
Pics would help, but a video would really be so much better.
As it stands, I'll see what I can do to help without seeing what's really going on.
First of all, check your saddle fit (both for you and the horse). Second of all, check your stirrup length (irons should fall approximately at the middle of your ankle bone).
Now, if at all possible, get someone to put you on the longe line. If that's not possible, and you have a trust worthy horse, tie your reins in a knot and ride with your hands on your hips. If that's not possible, simply try to rely on your hands as little as possible.
It's harder than I imagined to explain posting (as I've been mainly going off of feel), so I'm going to use "The Principles of Riding" published by the German National Equestrian Federation to help me explain (get the book, it's a must have).
To summarize: When rising, the rider's weight is pushed out of the saddle by the horse's stride. Your feet need to stay below your center of gravity (below your belly button, between your hips), which means your knees need to stay bent and elastic, with your heels the lowest part of the foot. It's wrong to actively try and rise, work with your horse, not against.
The lower leg should remain on, but not clinging. When you sit, give a positive leg and weight aid to push your horse through the back into the bridle, increasing suppleness and elasticity of the gait.
The upper body should remain upright. Leaning slightly forward is better for maintaining fluidity than rising stiffly, especially when riding with shorter stirrups. But be careful not to tip forward, push the seat out behind, stiffen the knees, ankles or hips (causing them to rotate out), or lose contact with the horse.
Misfit back in: So that pretty much gives an overview. Additionally, rising trot isn't so much going 'up' as it is shifting your weight 'forward downwards' by releasing the knee/hip. Sally Swift has a really good way of explaining it, but pretty much every time you post you are rolling forward onto your thigh, and releasing your knee/hip down towards the ground.
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