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post #1 of 6 Old 07-13-2010, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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My horse is 5 y-o Morab/Paint/Draft. When I try to trot him, he gets really jerky and stiff and he feels really off-balance. I don't post on him cause I don't want to have him to ahve to help balance me too. My friend said he's off balance. Will he just learn how to balance himself or is there something I should do to help him balance? I keep my seat and hands quiet. When I lunge him, his trot seems really smooth and balanced but when I'm on him...it just doesn't look or feel right. Thanks! =)

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Is his saddle fitted properly? It could be too tight and pinching him or otherwise pressing on him in a way that's uncomfortable and that could be making him move funny. It could also be your balance throwing his balance out of whack. I don't know!

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I may be wrong but I always thought posting is better for the horse's balance (when it's unbalanced) then bouncing on his back. 5 years old is pretty young, how long he's been under saddle and does he has any professional training at all?
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I may be wrong but I always thought posting is better for the horse's balance (when it's unbalanced) then bouncing on his back. 5 years old is pretty young, how long he's been under saddle and does he has any professional training at all?
Honestly, I would probably just unbalance him worse if I posted. I rode western most of my life so sitting the trot is a lot easier for me. He was broke out at 3 by my trainer for 2 months and before I bought him he was at my trainer's for a tune-up for 2 weeks.

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Honestly, I would probably just unbalance him worse if I posted. I rode western most of my life so sitting the trot is a lot easier for me. He was broke out at 3 by my trainer for 2 months and before I bought him he was at my trainer's for a tune-up for 2 weeks.
Your best bet would be to get a good dressage instructor, especially if you look into riding your horse English. It's amazing how the knowledgeable trainer can point out your problems and give you suggestions on how to improve the riding and the horse.
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Proper posting is very important on a young horse, as it establishes rhythm (which will help balance him).
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