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post #1 of 9 Old 01-15-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I am new to riding... Well, I've ridden but new to lessons and posting... Started on a western saddle and was able to post no problem but English saddle... Holy cow its bad... I can't post on a lounge line... Which is very frustrating... I had been being taught in a dressage saddle... Any tips to help with the transition? I'm determined to do it!
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-15-2012, 09:11 PM
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It just takes practice, learning to stabilize your legs, rather than putting all your weight in your feet and not gripping with your knee/calf. If you have access to an old saddle on a stable stand, you can practice on your own, sans horse.
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Ok I am new to riding... Well, I've ridden but new to lessons and posting... Started on a western saddle and was able to post no problem but English saddle... Holy cow its bad... I can't post on a lounge line... Which is very frustrating... I had been being taught in a dressage saddle... Any tips to help with the transition? I'm determined to do it!
Thanks in advance.
What exactly are you having problems with? Popping up or staying behind the motion? Or coming back down without slamming?

Posting in a western saddle is a lot less amplified, I've noticed, than with English :P Have you tried making the trot slower?

It just takes practice and getting a feel for it. If you can, find a little strap to put through the D rings or hold onto the pommel and ask the person lunging you to tell you up down up down. It'll help you find your rhythm.

Hope I helped :/
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Sorry this probably would have been more helpful to being with lol... But I tend to lean forward on the English sadd/e and I can feel thhe rythem of when I should be posting but its like my legs well whole body is confused... Than its just bad... I get frustrated... And start to bounce everywhere which makes me want to squeeze with my knees than my horse stops... Which I guess is a good thing but I don't always want her to stop....
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Depending on which side the horse is leading with, lets say the left. When the left leg comes up, you go up with it, when it goes down, you go down with it. It helped me to watch the lead leg and follow until I could really feel it without looking. This is on a longe, of course.

Also, make sure your irons/ stirrups are adjusted correctly. It's WAY harder if your stirrups are too short. You feel like you're going to topple over when you're up.
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Sorry this probably would have been more helpful to being with lol... But I tend to lean forward on the English sadd/e and I can feel thhe rythem of when I should be posting but its like my legs well whole body is confused... Than its just bad... I get frustrated... And start to bounce everywhere which makes me want to squeeze with my knees than my horse stops... Which I guess is a good thing but I don't always want her to stop....
This might sound silly.. but why don't you practice posting at a walk. Stretch your legs down and swing your hips up and forward, and swing them down and back. At a walk, you can figure out your legs and your hips. It'll be harder without that impulsion from the trot.. but at a good working walk you should be fine.

That or learn about two point. If you're on the lunge you can put your hands on your hips or on the saddle to help you steady yourself.

But it could be your saddle placement too. Some saddles out people in awkward unbalanced positions. If that's the case, then figure that out before you continue riding.

You'll get this! It can be crazy at first but eventually you will be so good at it.. you'll laugh at how goofy you felt when you first started.

Same goes for everything in horses I believe :)

Good luck!

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Thank you I'm going to try all of the above!
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This might sound silly.. but why don't you practice posting at a walk. Stretch your legs down and swing your hips up and forward, and swing them down and back. At a walk, you can figure out your legs and your hips. It'll be harder without that impulsion from the trot.. but at a good working walk you should be fine.

That or learn about two point. If you're on the lunge you can put your hands on your hips or on the saddle to help you steady yourself.

But it could be your saddle placement too. Some saddles out people in awkward unbalanced positions. If that's the case, then figure that out before you continue riding.

You'll get this! It can be crazy at first but eventually you will be so good at it.. you'll laugh at how goofy you felt when you first started.

Same goes for everything in horses I believe :)

Good luck!
I agree, I knew how to post western and was made ride 3 hours posting at a walk! You WILL be sore but will benefit
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It's possible your lower leg is swinging back and forth, which is not helping your balance.

Remember that western saddle stirrups don't really move front to back much, because of the stiffness of the fender in that direction. That stiffness helps mask a weaker lower leg.

English saddle stirrups don't offer any front to back support and you may be finding out a hole in your position.
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