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        05-18-2013, 07:48 PM
      #11
    Foal
    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.
         
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        05-21-2013, 05:24 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Little Jane    
    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
         
        05-21-2013, 06:50 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    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.
         
        05-22-2013, 09:23 AM
      #14
    Trained
    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
         

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