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    11-29-2009, 04:43 PM
Oh wow thank you all for the replies! I didn't think it was horribly unusual to be all over the place at my second lesson, I just wanted to be sure. Oh and we weren't trotting. I got him to go a bit faster sometimes, which was actually really fun, but we were posting at a walk. I'll try those exercises mentioned too. Thank you!
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    11-29-2009, 05:03 PM
Green Broke
How do you post the walk?
    11-29-2009, 05:20 PM
I think she means just practicing and trying to develop leg muscles, so when they do trot it might be easier.

    11-29-2009, 05:28 PM
Yeah. I mean he gets moving kind of quickly sometimes, but it's not a real post.
    11-29-2009, 06:25 PM
Yep most instructors will teach you to post at halt then walk to start with, just so you don't have the trot movement bouncing you around all over the place whiile you're trying to figure out how exactly to get out of the saddle without using your knees haha!
    11-29-2009, 07:32 PM
Green Broke
How do you post at the walk? I just don't get it. It is a four beat gait, so what do you post to? In the trot and canter you have a down beat to post to, but I don't get how you have that down beat to post to at the walk or gallop(both 4 beat gaits).
    11-29-2009, 08:14 PM
You don't post at specific times, if I remember my "practice posting at the walk" stuff (it was a longgg time ago), you just practice the up/down, up/down motion of the posting.

    11-29-2009, 08:26 PM
Green Broke
I just don't get how it helps, because posting is all about rythm and you arn't finding a rythm. It's just confusing me lol!
    11-29-2009, 08:31 PM
I fell off the first time I rode a horse and ended up in hospital for three months, and nearly lost my arm because of it, but that was a mix of the instructors fault asking me to canter and the fact that no one knew that the horse was very sick with a brain tumer and actually died the day after, but I got back on and used a different stable,

I was taught how to sit right firstly and then walking and turning, I didnt start trotting until about 5th lesson and there was never a lunge line, still have never ridden on a lunge, I cantered in about the 6th month and it took a while to get comfortable on that, don't mind about kicking the horse, he is obviously not a sensitive horse so kick away, he has learned to ignore it, try using voice aids like walk on and trot on or jog on. It does help to know what the instructer uses. All horses will naturally turn into the centre if they know you are not experienced enough so just be persistant with him, and keep your cool and good luck
    11-29-2009, 09:27 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
I just don't get how it helps, because posting is all about rythm and you arn't finding a rythm. It's just confusing me lol!
It's about muscle strength and keeping a quiet leg. I used to practice on my saddle in the living room while watching TV - but that was way before any of you were even born! (LOL)

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