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    11-23-2008, 09:05 PM
  #1
Foal
How exactly does one post without stirrups?

I mean, I thought when you are riding you should have a gentle contact on the horse with the lower leg. To me it seems if you are going to hold on with the lower leg without stirrups to post then you are squeezing, which is an aid for forward movement??? And to jump? I want to strengthen my legs, but I'm lost...please help!
     
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    11-23-2008, 09:19 PM
  #2
Foal
Have an even pressure throughout your leg... less on your calves and more on your inner thighs, and if you keep your lower leg still and even in pressure then your horse will not confuse that with a forward signal but if he/she does just sit up a little taller and gently squeeze with your hands... the main thing I think about is using my thighs and posting "through" my hands... and of course remembering not to use your hands/arms for balance with the reins... good luck! Posting without stirrups is really important to be able to do so even if it's hard at first try try again :)
     
    11-23-2008, 09:22 PM
  #3
Weanling
You should just rise out of the seat with the natural bounce in the horse's stride, the same as when you have stirrups. It isn't a big exaggerated movement, rather a small rise. As 3 days said, put more weight in your thighs than in your calves.
     
    11-23-2008, 10:20 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I use my inner thighs as pivot points. Let the horse's movement help you up and forward. Your post will be smaller/lower, but it should be nearly effortless.
     
    11-23-2008, 10:28 PM
  #5
Showing
Ah, I am a pro at that! It DOES cause your legs to ache (trust me) the day after (mine still hurt, it's been a few days! LOL I did that for like an hour almost though), but it really helps with your leg position. Keep your legs in the position they would be with stirrups (have 'imaginary' stirrups) & breathe, & lift your chest. It really helps. :) Also move your toes up & down as your horse moves; it improves your balance even more. Using your seat & feeling your horse move really does the trick.
     
    11-24-2008, 08:11 AM
  #6
Weanling
It is great for building up those muscles, like said above be careful not to use reins to pull yourself. And ya it hurts for a while
     
    11-25-2008, 11:25 PM
  #7
Showing
^Yes, exactly; I can tell it worked my muscles 'cause of the pain the next day; LOL!
     
    11-30-2008, 12:52 AM
  #8
Foal
Posting without stirrups???? No idea lots of the judges have been asking for rising trot bare back this year and all I know is that it REALLY hurts.
     
    11-30-2008, 08:59 AM
  #9
Foal
Huh? Judges have been asking for a rising trot bareback? Are you riding in a bareback class ..or do you have to take the saddle off first?! Hahaha
     
    12-06-2008, 12:01 AM
  #10
Showing
It's a matter of using your lower leg, and the inside of your along with using the horse's bounce to rise the trot. If you have a correct riding position it's actually a lot easier than you think to do it. It just takes practice.

     

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