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    09-28-2009, 07:39 PM
  #1
Foal
Any tips on posting?

Alright so I know this must be the biggest amature question, ever, but does anyone have some tips on posting. Like i'm pretty decent I guess but it seems I can't consistantly get it down 'perfect'. A lot of times I catch myself leaning foward too much and having to grab Logans maine or put my hands down to keep balance. I find two pointing extremely easy though, so I think my problem is mostly balance, are there any ways to improve this besides with time, because that's a given, and keeping your heels down. Also, the other day we were practicing posting trot on a lunge line, with the added bounce my posting wasn't a problem but I felt sort of like maybe I wasn't posting at the right time because at some points it felt very easy and 'flowing' but others it was forced.
     
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    09-28-2009, 07:46 PM
  #2
Foal
Try just letting it happen, when you feel like your butt is in the air that is when you should be posting. Also it just takes practice to get the feel of when you should be posting.
     
    09-28-2009, 07:47 PM
  #3
Showing
Buy a gaited horse? Just kidding. I ride gaited and rarely post. I think in the beginning you shouldn't worry about getting the rhythm right, just work on the 'up-down up-down' at first. The proper rhythum will come later when you can become more aware of your horses foot falls.
     
    09-28-2009, 08:07 PM
  #4
Banned
Main problem is probably lack of muscle. Do squats and other leg muscle oriented exercises to build the muscles you need for posting. Also, beware of two-point, because it's extremely easy when done only slightly wrong. I always go by the fact that if it's easy, I'm doing it wrong. Although, of course, that's not necessarily true for you, but if you have any trouble posting, it very well could be.
     
    09-28-2009, 11:34 PM
  #5
Foal
I am fairly new at riding and posting was my biggest challenge at first. I wrote to the forum, asking the same question as you. I have done much better but it is still one of my weaker traits. Your legs must be in shape for posting and on many horses it makes a difference what lead he is on. I find my new horse is very comfortable when I am posting on the correct lead, but very awkward and bouncy on the wrong lead. One of my next things to learn is how to swich to get on the right lead. Good luck...
     
    09-29-2009, 06:18 AM
  #6
Green Broke
A lot of people think that if you do sitting and two point position then you should be able to post fine - but in my opinion two point is nothing like the rise.

Have you ever just ridden around in the rising part of the trot. At first its pretty hard to balance. Just raise yourself out of the saddle but keep your back vertical. Literally just stand in your stirrups. At first you might fall forward a bit but soon you will learn to anticipate the rhythm, and how your body moves with the trot. You will build up the muscles to hold yourself straight - rather than being tipped forward in the two point.

Your weight should always be through your heels but I don't rise with my lower leg. When you feel a little more secure practice rising trot without stirrups. Then you can learn what muscles you use.

It doesn't seem like it but one day (not too far away) you will think back and not be able to comprehend how you couldn't post. I see people saying they can't post and I think "how is that possible? I always knew how to rise trot, its natural" but I guess its not. Its one of those things like riding your bike. I can get on a horse after 9 months of not riding and still rise trot even though my muscles hate me. One day it'll click.
     
    09-29-2009, 07:30 PM
  #7
Foal
I guess, I'm finding it easier as time progresses. I just want to be done with learning this because I feel like it's never going to be 'perfect' which is exactly what my instructor tells me to strive for, and pushes me to. And I want it, it's just frustrating you know?
     
    09-30-2009, 01:39 PM
  #8
Foal
I too have some difficulty with the rising trot because my horse is very forward and really bouncy at the trot but a beautiful canter. He really throws me up and out of the saddle. My first instructor (unfortunately) let me post incorrectly, more up and down, so it has been difficult to do what my current instructor wants, to post what she calls "up to his ears." Strange way of putting it.
     
    09-30-2009, 07:30 PM
  #9
Foal
I know exactly what you mean, like I don't go straight up and down, I feel like I lean too foward though you know?
     
    09-30-2009, 09:55 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Saskia    
A lot of people think that if you do sitting and two point position then you should be able to post fine - but in my opinion two point is nothing like the rise.

Have you ever just ridden around in the rising part of the trot. At first its pretty hard to balance. Just raise yourself out of the saddle but keep your back vertical. Literally just stand in your stirrups. At first you might fall forward a bit but soon you will learn to anticipate the rhythm, and how your body moves with the trot. You will build up the muscles to hold yourself straight - rather than being tipped forward in the two point.

Your weight should always be through your heels but I don't rise with my lower leg. When you feel a little more secure practice rising trot without stirrups. Then you can learn what muscles you use.

It doesn't seem like it but one day (not too far away) you will think back and not be able to comprehend how you couldn't post. I see people saying they can't post and I think "how is that possible? I always knew how to rise trot, its natural" but I guess its not. Its one of those things like riding your bike. I can get on a horse after 9 months of not riding and still rise trot even though my muscles hate me. One day it'll click.

I defenatly agree with standing up. Also work those tummy muscle, any core strengthening exersise. Like they sai once you get it youll have it.
     

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