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post #1 of 10 Old 02-02-2012, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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Posting off my feet

I've been riding for 3 years now and my trainer just pointed out that I am posting off my feet. I haven't been doing this til recently. When I post without my stirrups I don't do it. When I sit trot my feet don't bounce. Am I doing this because I am trying to trot for my horse or to keep him from breaking or slowing? If he is moving really forward at trot I don't do it just when he is at slower or pokey trot. What can I do to fix since I don't do it without stirrups. Any mindgames I can play on myself to change what I am doing? I don't do it on any other horse just my TB. I feel I have a major setback and now all I can think about is bouncing off my feet in the upward motion of post. So frustrated. Why am I just recently doing this and never before???
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-02-2012, 07:24 AM
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I imagine that my posting movement is coming not from my hips, lower back, knees, legs or whatnot, but from my bellybutton. It somehow works really good on me and helps following the horse's movement, not posting seperately from his stride.

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Spend a lot of time posting with out your stirrups. It worked for me. My trainer took my stirrups away from me for almost a year when I was a kid (she let me have them when we went to shows and when jumping over 3'6" thats about it) I hated it for the first month but that was just because I fell off a lot. But I adjusted my balance and my legs got stronger. It was torture but Im glad I did it.

Twenty years later I still take my stirrups away just to keep myself in check, sick thing is I enjoy it and look forward to those days.
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Check your stirrup length is correct. That would be my first step.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-02-2012, 11:41 AM
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Well posting is letting the horse lift you up and then gravity brings you back down. If there isn't enough impulsion, you could be having trouble coming up from the saddle so you try to force yourself out via your feet.

Does that sound about right?

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post #6 of 10 Old 02-02-2012, 01:39 PM
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I would also agree that it may have something to do with lack of impulsion, thus you are working harder to push the horse.
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Spend a lot of time posting with out your stirrups. It worked for me. My trainer took my stirrups away from me for almost a year when I was a kid (she let me have them when we went to shows and when jumping over 3'6" thats about it) I hated it for the first month but that was just because I fell off a lot. But I adjusted my balance and my legs got stronger. It was torture but Im glad I did it.

Twenty years later I still take my stirrups away just to keep myself in check, sick thing is I enjoy it and look forward to those days.
I have to say....I tried this today. It is torture but wow, do I see how I balance myself with the reins. Posting is HARD work without those stirrups but what a difference it makes in sitting deep, balance and posture. Not once did anyone yell at me to sit back! And oddly enough I felt about two inches taller.

It is a whole new challenge but I can see what a difference it makes in understanding where the posting should come from. I made it about once around the arena. (burying my head in embarrassment)
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I hardly ever spend a ride without at least five minutes of no stirrup work at the trot. I mix it up between sitting and rising.
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-04-2012, 11:46 AM
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I'm advised not to, but I want to. I even have my oh sh-- strap buckled on my saddle :)

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post #10 of 10 Old 02-04-2012, 12:02 PM
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Don't worry, a lot of people do this. A lot of no-stirrup work as already said should help. A lot of two-point can also help build up those muscles. If your horse keeps breaking gait or is going too slow, don't post off of your stirrups to fix it- instead, post up and then when you sit for a beat apply your leg aid. So it's up, down, squeeze. Get it?
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