How can I not be lame at posting trot?

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How can I not be lame at posting trot?

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        06-27-2013, 12:33 AM
    How can I not be lame at posting trot?

    Today was my first lesson and I'm not very good at the posting trot. I don't know when to go up and down. Also when I'm not posting I bounce up and down because of the force of the horse. What am I supposed to do?
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        06-27-2013, 12:35 AM
    Stay without posting until you get the rhythm, then sing "ompah lompah"
    Works a charm;)
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        06-27-2013, 12:36 AM
    Don't worry. Posting trot takes a bit of time to get the hang of!
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        06-27-2013, 12:37 AM
    Everyone is like that for the first 2-6 weeks of riding You might not get it for half a year, but don't get discouraged, just look foward to cantering and jumping, which you can only take on after mastering rising trot
        06-27-2013, 02:36 AM
    I used to think - up down up down when I was learning. It helped me remember what I was supposed to be doing. I also found it helps just to zone into the beat and not over-think what you are doing.

    Your legs will prob hurt after your lesson and maybe your core. Most newbies use their legs to grip and not their core to balance. Try doing some core strengthening exercises at home to help your strength. Things I found useful were -sit ups, planks, thread the needle and also swapping your chair for one of those large exercise balls when at home watching the tv or on the computer. :)

    It will take a few weeks for you to get the hang of it, try not to get too disheartened. Just remember, we all went through it
        06-27-2013, 02:52 AM
    Sorry, but did you think it would be easier? Riding is a sport, and it takes time to get the muscle memory.
        06-27-2013, 03:10 AM
    Green Broke
    Well whenever you find yourself bouncing you should bounce up and then bounce down :P

    Practice your sitting trot, practice your trotting in two point position, and then put them all together.

    There isn't any real secret to posting, it just comes with time. One day you'll just get it. It's not the same on all horses either, some horses are super easy to post, others even once you've been doing it for a while it can take a while to adjust to. So in that way it might be easier to learn to post if you use the same horse each ride.
        06-27-2013, 09:48 AM
    I youtubed it and it doesn't seem like something that can be learned with a simple explanation. I will just have to keep learning it. Haha @ "Ompah loompah"
        06-27-2013, 09:55 AM
    It sounds silly, but this is how I taught my five-year old sister to post yesterday: Have your instructor watch you post at a standstill to make sure you're doing it correctly, and then when you move to a trot, have him/her say "Up, down, up, down...." while you post for several strides. It will help you to figure out your timing.

    When posting correctly, you can drop your stirrups and not have a problem, because the muscles involved are in your thighs. They take a while to develop, but eventually you will rely more on your leg muscles than the stirrups.
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        06-27-2013, 10:35 AM
    Green Broke
    Like anything else, practice. It won't come overnight!

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