09-01-2011, 03:13 PM
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Get a friend--anybody will do---to watch you ride/post the trot to see if you are seeing or feeling the correct diagonal. There is ALWAYS something about riding that will confound ALL of us, so don't feel as if you are lacking. **hugs**
The basis for "posting" was in the 19th century. Driving in carts and carraiges become very popular because of the "ecliptic spring."
(sorry, tried to do an online search for one--you're just need to a read a book on driving a horse.)
This gave them shock absorbers and it become so popular to drive or be driven that some gaited horses in Europe actually died out for lack of use!
The Hackney horse and pony were highly developed then. They had a fancy high-kneed trot, and the trot is the fastest and most economical way to drive. At the canter, the cart lurges forward, but at the trot the movement is steady.
ANYWAY, if you could afford to have people drive YOU, you would have several "postman". Often one would ride the lead horse while he was pulling the carraige or coach to keep you safe. It was very hard to sit the trot mile after mile, so they invented "posting" to be more comfortable.
At that time, in Europe, there was already a reliable mail coach (read "A Tale of Two Cities," sometime for reference,) and "postman", the term, came from delivering the mail, too.
The postman would periodically change diagonals, even when riding many miles in a straight line. If you trail ride, you should consider doing the same.
The only thing that puzzles me is why anybody riding a western saddle should choose to post. An English saddle gives ME plenty of room to do so, but the horn would always get in my way. Gotta think about that one...