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    06-30-2013, 11:08 PM
Ah you'll get the hang of it, just give it some time. It took me a while to figure it out and then one day it just clicked.
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    07-03-2013, 06:59 PM
I've been watching people do it. How come some people go up higher than others?
    07-03-2013, 07:17 PM
People that post "high" are usually pushing into the up position off the iron..they stand or post straight up and down. The actual post is more of a forward movement with the hips. People just learning to post are taught the up and down version in order to get the motion and timing but as they get stronger in the legs and core area, they move to the more forward motion. Think of it as "sweeping" dirt from the saddle back to front. If you watch people you will also notice that those that post directly off the iron have a very "busy" bounces and rocks as they post. Those posting properly, from the calf and using the hips, will have a quiet foot that barely, if ever, moves.

As was said we all started the same way..with the bouncy and unmanaged up and down motion...God bless the school horses that put up with beginners..they are absolute gems. :)
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    07-03-2013, 07:35 PM
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The way I teach my students is to count. The trot is a two beat gait, so when a horse trots, the beat is 1-2-1-2-1-2. Take a few strides and find the 1-2 rhythm. Then count with it, either in your head or out loud, then rise every time you say 1, and sit when you say 2. Worry about which shoulder you are following once you have the rhythm down.

A LOT of new riders (and some more experienced ones) overpost the trot, and rise higher than they need to. Once you find the rhythm, don't work so hard at it, let the motion of the horse push you up. Try not to rely on your stirrups for anything more than a "location finder" for your foot, to help your leg be in the right spot. Don't brace on them, use your leg muscles and core to do the work, not your feet. (That's not as easy as it sounds, of course. That's the part that takes practice, often years of it, to get right.)
    07-03-2013, 07:42 PM
You get it right by practicing. You will feel goofy as hell especially if you are trotting around saying "1-2-1-2" or "Up-down-up-down"(I HIGHLY recommend saying this. It helps), and you will probably look goofy, but every single person who has learned the posting trot went through this awkward stage. Just stop worrying what everyone else thinks and ride the dang horse. :) :) :)
    07-05-2013, 12:39 AM
Don't bother looking at shoulders or legs yet, you can worry about that later. Instead, try posting at the walk or just testing your balance and just standing in the stirrups at the walk. Then try sitting the trot and feel the horse's rythm. I HIGHLY recommend saying 1-2-1-2 or up down up down. I really found it to work. As a kid I even took piano lessons and so I related posting like playing two notes on the piano:) anyways, just keep practicing and really try to feel the rythm
    07-05-2013, 08:07 AM
At my last lesson I finally got the rhythm. It was awesome. It feels much better than bouncing around like a sack of potatoes.
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    07-05-2013, 11:57 AM
Congratulations! Just keep practicing and you'll be a pro in no time at all! Then you'll get to the really fun stuff like cantering and jumping! :)
    07-10-2013, 12:27 AM
Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
But I can't really see the legs or feet when I'm on top of the animal.
OMG! Thank you... no one ever listens to me when I tell them this is why I STILL cannot get the right diagonal! (I didn't read the whole thread yet; I only got this far, but I felt the need to comment on it...)
    07-10-2013, 12:53 AM
Originally Posted by mangomelon    
OMG! Thank you... no one ever listens to me when I tell them this is why I STILL cannot get the right diagonal! (I didn't read the whole thread yet; I only got this far, but I felt the need to comment on it...)
You can see a horse's shoulder move...
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