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        09-11-2013, 01:13 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    You mention a pleasant Western jog that you worked to sit... I'd focus on regaining the slower momentum that you are both so comfortable with. It's great to learn something new off the base of something you already know. Once posting becomes more fluid and reflexive, once you've built the muscle memory, you can amp up the pace. Trying to master new muscles, new momentum, and new pattern... Yeesh! Talk about overload! If you have the time to aim for quality, I say take your time and practice like a savage!
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        09-11-2013, 01:27 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tlkng1    
    Try a combination of Ibuprofen (Motrin IB) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a mix of Aspirin and Tylenol. Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen (Aleve) are the same types of NSAIDs so don't take those together. Aspirin and Acetaminophen are used in the OTC migraine headache formulations if you want to try a combination pain reliever in fewer tablets. Bayer Headache doesn't add the caffeine that Excedrin Migraine does.
    Not if you're having a Jack & coke, though! Alcohol + tylenol = dangerous for your liver!

    When you post, post into your hands. Especially when you feel like you're losing control of the trot. You are taking your hips, lifting them, and posting them up into your hands (forward to them, not on an angle or to the side). This will help you stay balanced as you post on a circle. It will also help you slow and even out your posting in spite of what the horse is doing.

    It sounds like your horse may be getting away from you at the trot. You ride in an English saddle, correct? (posting in a western saddle is torture...) Make sure that when you stand in your stirrups, you can put four fingers between the pommel and your crotch, or else you'll have a very hard time getting your butt up out of the saddle! Now, what is your horse like at the trot? Head level, pushing forward and working... or head up in the air, hollow and trotting like a madman? If you can take some contact and get your horse soft in the bridle, and combine it with the "post into your hands" technique I mentioned, you can start to control that trot and make it post-able, more relaxed. I hope this makes sense! It's easier to teach in person. :)
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        09-11-2013, 02:13 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    Vicodin. I steal from my DH's stash. Honestly, it isn't riding that gives me a workout. It's the 5-acre maintenance!
    That's pretty harsh and dangerously addictive for simply a sore body from posting, I'd save that one for getting run over, or crash landing on a 5' jump .
         
        09-11-2013, 02:25 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tlkng1    
    Try a combination of Ibuprofen (Motrin IB) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a mix of Aspirin and Tylenol. Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen (Aleve) are the same types of NSAIDs so don't take those together. Aspirin and Acetaminophen are used in the OTC migraine headache formulations if you want to try a combination pain reliever in fewer tablets. Bayer Headache doesn't add the caffeine that Excedrin Migraine does.
    Just please don't mix acetaminophen and alcohol! Acetaminophen is TERRIBLE on your liver! With the amount of wine I drink, I don't even taken anything containing acetaminophen in it anymore...... Ibuprofen is fantastic though!
         
        09-12-2013, 08:53 PM
      #15
    Showing
    It isn't really up down.. it's more diagonally up, then as you come back down due to gravity.. it goes diagonally down since you're moving.

    So think of either your belly button coming towards your hands, as you "rise".. or think of your hips touching your wrists as you ride, or think of the naughty hump song. Either or.

    You want your weight down your legs, not necessarily jammed in your stirrups. Your heel does come down to allow the weight to be there, but no bracing against your stirrup!

    You're doing great :) I usually do lots of gentle stretching and a bath doesn't hurt either. I have never taken pain pills after riding. I like to feel my "work" :)
         
        09-12-2013, 11:32 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by existentialpony    
    Not if you're having a Jack & coke, though! Alcohol + tylenol = dangerous for your liver!

    When you post, post into your hands. Especially when you feel like you're losing control of the trot. You are taking your hips, lifting them, and posting them up into your hands (forward to them, not on an angle or to the side). This will help you stay balanced as you post on a circle. It will also help you slow and even out your posting in spite of what the horse is doing.

    It sounds like your horse may be getting away from you at the trot. You ride in an English saddle, correct? (posting in a western saddle is torture...) Make sure that when you stand in your stirrups, you can put four fingers between the pommel and your crotch, or else you'll have a very hard time getting your butt up out of the saddle! Now, what is your horse like at the trot? Head level, pushing forward and working... or head up in the air, hollow and trotting like a madman? If you can take some contact and get your horse soft in the bridle, and combine it with the "post into your hands" technique I mentioned, you can start to control that trot and make it post-able, more relaxed. I hope this makes sense! It's easier to teach in person. :)
    Thank you! Great comments. We are experimenting with bits, so Sam is not himself under saddle.

    And, yes, I would agree. His trot has become torture. I am in an English AP saddle. I think my stirrups might be western long. I do feel as if I have to really stand in the saddle to get my rear out of the saddle. I will measure the distance standing.

    As to Sam, I have him in a single joint D ring and he is going nuts. Tilting his head, chewing and gnawing on it. His head is up it is down it is left and it is right. All during the trot. He had the madman trot going on and most certainly a hollow back. I am going to try and find him an eggbutt or d-ring french link this weekend.

    He was very soft on a curb bit with shank. He hates the snaffle and I can tell that he is tuning me out and messing with trying to expel the bit.

    I will review your technique and try it during my practice
         
        09-12-2013, 11:34 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    It isn't really up down.. it's more diagonally up, then as you come back down due to gravity.. it goes diagonally down since you're moving.

    So think of either your belly button coming towards your hands, as you "rise".. or think of your hips touching your wrists as you ride, or think of the naughty hump song. Either or.

    You want your weight down your legs, not necessarily jammed in your stirrups. Your heel does come down to allow the weight to be there, but no bracing against your stirrup!

    You're doing great :) I usually do lots of gentle stretching and a bath doesn't hurt either. I have never taken pain pills after riding. I like to feel my "work" :)
    Thank you. I was going to ask if posting was similar to the Miley twerk, but if someone said yes I think I may have to give up riding. Don't know if I could twerk at my age.
         
        09-12-2013, 11:42 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Another lesson today

    We worked outside today in the dressage ring, which was actually much more pleasant. I think I did well. I may have actually posted for up to 10 steps (out of an hour lesson).

    Sam is trying so hard. It's learning for the both of us. And, yep. I am very sore right now.

    Unbelievably.

    I find my feet slip in my stirrups.

    When I apply leg pressure to corner I lose my balance.

    I learned my horse can trot with his head turned and that my balance is not as stable when he does that.

    He prefers clockwise to counter clockwise.

    But, I stayed on. That's a bonus right? We have homework.

    Turning on the forehand.
    Finding a controlled trot speed
    Posting
    Long reins, neck stretch at the walk (i forgot the proper term)
    Working the corners

    Someone feel badly for my horse. He is looking for empathy!
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        09-13-2013, 02:07 AM
      #19
    Trained
    I would really get somebody to longe him while you practice posting. I know for sure it will click much much earlier and you can then work on all your other homework.
         
        09-13-2013, 02:37 AM
      #20
    Started
    My drug of choice is called toughing it out. I've never taken any sort of pain killers for sore muscles.
         

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