Post Trot questions. - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 6Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 14 Old 05-18-2013, 07:48 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Middle of the USA!
Posts: 150
• Horses: 1
Learning to post takes a lot of time in the saddle :) When I was first learning, my trainer told me to think of allowing my seat to follow the horse's motion forward, rather than up, almost as if I were going to sit on his/her neck. The motion your hips make is similar to closing a drawer with them, as if your hands were full and the kitchen drawer needed to be closed, so you used your hips instead. When coming back to the saddle, think of sitting on the front of it so that your hind end doesn't end up falling into the back of the saddle.

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. CS Lewis
Little Jane is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 14 Old 05-21-2013, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 382
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Little Jane View Post
Learning to post takes a lot of time in the saddle :) When I was first learning, my trainer told me to think of allowing my seat to follow the horse's motion forward, rather than up, almost as if I were going to sit on his/her neck. The motion your hips make is similar to closing a drawer with them, as if your hands were full and the kitchen drawer needed to be closed, so you used your hips instead. When coming back to the saddle, think of sitting on the front of it so that your hind end doesn't end up falling into the back of the saddle.
Thank you for the input! I'm still working on it...it's getting there. I figured all great things happen in due time(; Okay, I'm a new rider so it just takes practice...same difference. :P

Regardless, I'm working on trying to use my hips and to relax a little more. During my last lesson I was moved onto a lazier horse that, I quote, "will be more challenging and will teach more a lot more", and I'm still trying to get used to her awkward trot. XD It's so much harder to ride than the previous mare's trot.

Again, thank you for the input. I just have to keep reminding myself that in my lesson...and also I'm working on keeping my heels a lot further down which is when I don't post so high up...but keeping my heels down that far is proving to be easier said than done. :P
rexing93 is offline  
post #13 of 14 Old 05-21-2013, 06:50 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: A small town in NY
Posts: 798
• Horses: 0
Keep working at it! Others have given good visuals for you, now all you can really do is spend time in the saddle working on your position and strengthening your legs. Check that your stirrups are the correct length, that your horse is going a good pace, and that you are balanced with your heels down before you begin trotting. And don't worry about the crop - it's more of the sound that gets them moving than the little tap.
I'm not naturally athletic, so posting took me a long time to be able to do correctly. I had great rhythm but no strength Now I don't even have to think about it. Just relax and think about posting 'forward and back' instead of 'up and down'. Talk to your instructor about what you can do to improve. You'll get it in no time.

A horse is a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you may not like what you see. - Buck Brannaman
faiza425 is offline  
post #14 of 14 Old 05-22-2013, 09:23 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Posts: 7,109
• Horses: 3
The posting trot originated with driving horses that had a rider on the front left, or lead horse, when they were driven in 2's, 4's or 6's. The trot is the best gait for a horse to pull bc it doesn't jerk the cart or carriage or wagon behind the horse. And, of course, a horse in good shape can trot all day but the canter will wear out a driving horse quickly.
Really, learning to post should be learning to relieve yourself of sitting the trot ad nauseum. There's nothing technically difficult about it. The show ring demands certain styles, but it's simply getting yourself out of the saddle so your don't bounce. And, you're not showing.
Just like a child learns to walk by exaggerating the motions, YOU are learning by exaggerating the motions. After a few years you'll do it in your sleep.
So...don't make it a big deal for yourself by "putting the cart ahead of the horse." ROFL

A Jack and Three Queens, the latest book by James C. Dedman, Amazon.com
Hope that you fall in love with "Trot", like I did! http://www.horseforum.com/general-of...queens-617793/
Corporal is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Learning to post the trot. HighonEquine English Riding 2 10-08-2012 11:23 PM
Double post trot amethystdreams Horse Riding 17 09-15-2012 05:03 PM
Questions about sitting trot Oxer Horse Riding 10 02-02-2012 01:21 AM
How are you supposed to post on a trot? wishingforahorse Horse Riding 19 02-22-2011 04:27 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome