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    06-27-2013, 09:56 AM
  #11
Trained
Some horses are easier than others. Some have a big push going thru their back that lifts you up, and all you have to do is pause at the top & then gently come down. OTOH, a lot of western horses will do an easy jog...slower, and there isn't much lift at all. My mare does it that way naturally - feels good to ride while sitting, but it makes posting hard.

I wouldn't worry about diagonals for the first few lessons.

Also, I think of it more as rolling up & forward onto my thighs than an up-down motion with stirrups. Personally, I like a discrete post. I want my crotch and rump off the saddle, but my jeans still touching...at least, that is the mental picture I use. If you are an inch out of the saddle or 6 inches, either way the weight is off the rump.

Finally, some saddles make it tough. When the heels are forward of your hips, you have a tendency to thrust your hips forward to get over the stirrups so you can 'stand in the stirrups'. If you have shoulder - hip -heel in a vertical line when seated, it makes posting easier. With time, you will learn to use your thighs instead of standing up in the stirrups.

Riding a horse is very different from normal daily activities. I ran/jogged for 40 years before I started riding. Instead of making riding easier, it made it harder. The muscles that tighten up from running need to be loose to ride well, and vice versa. You could be a top athlete in many sports and still be totally out of shape for riding. That is one of the things I like about riding. It is a great complement to running because the muscles used are different.
     
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    06-27-2013, 09:57 AM
  #12
Trained
Posting to the trot on the correct diagonal takes practice, lots of it. Listen to your instructor, keep at it and it will get easier. Oh, and it gets easier, that'll be the time your instructor will have you post WITHOUT stirrups! Don't worry, I am an old lady & post stirrupless for a good portion of time on two different horses lately to steady up my lower legs for an upcoming championship show. If I can do it, you most certainly can, like anything in life, you want to improve, you have to take the time and put in the grunt work.
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    06-27-2013, 11:01 AM
  #13
Showing
If you're up for a real challenge, give up stirrups for Lent. I'm not Catholic but it was a fun challenge anyway, and my legs were the strongest they'd ever been after two months of riding without stirrups.
     
    06-27-2013, 12:39 PM
  #14
Banned
How do you know when to rise and fall? My instructor said I was doing it a little bit too fast but honestly I was just totally making it up 'cause I had no idea.
     
    06-27-2013, 01:02 PM
  #15
Weanling
You rise with the horse' outside leg (the one facing the wall or fence). If you're not sure which is your outside, ride a small circle. The leg on the inside of the circle is the inside, and the one on the outside is the outside. That's what BSMS meant by the correct diagonals. Practice a lot and just follow the outside leg and you'll be fine. Practice stirrupless some- a good post does not depend on stirrups for support, and it's a bad habit for riders to get into.
     
    06-27-2013, 01:08 PM
  #16
Banned
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Originally Posted by EquineObsessed    
You rise with the horse' outside leg (the one facing the wall or fence). If you're not sure which is your outside, ride a small circle. The leg on the inside of the circle is the inside, and the one on the outside is the outside. That's what BSMS meant by the correct diagonals. Practice a lot and just follow the outside leg and you'll be fine. Practice stirrupless some- a good post does not depend on stirrups for support, and it's a bad habit for riders to get into.
But I can't really see the legs or feet when I'm on top of the animal.
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    06-27-2013, 01:24 PM
  #17
Weanling
Watch the shoulder- you'll see it moving forward and back. It's going to take time before you can ride effectively. It's like learning to drive- at first you're overwhelmed by all of it, steering and watching your speed and your surroundings, you just have to adjust to it. After a little while, you'll be able to 'feel' when your post is right. This was your first lesson, correct? It takes time. Enjoy the process and don't be too hard on yourself. Chances are, in the beginning, you're going to mess up more than you're going to be right, it was like that for all of us and it's ok.
     
    06-27-2013, 01:39 PM
  #18
Green Broke
You learn by continuing lessons and listening to your instructor.
     
    06-27-2013, 05:56 PM
  #19
Started
This was your first lesson, don't worry, you will improve the more you do it. I remember my first lesson, my posting trot was horrible! I didn't have any strength or balance. But my instructor always had me do lots of two point (which I stunk at at first but got better) and she explained to me why you post (free up horse's movement) and what diagonals were, and she just had me do it all the time. I got tired really easily at first and my legs were sore, but trust me, you will improve. Posting is just one of those things that all English (except dressage) riders do, like all the time! You have to develop a lot of balance, and strength in your lower legs first, and that will come with time, posting, two point, and exercises off the horse, like biking or lunges and crunches. Just stick with it, because pretty soon it will be like second nature. ;)
     
    06-27-2013, 06:18 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
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?
Practice.
     

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