Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
everyone posts off their hands when they first start. It's your body's reaction to trying to stay balanced. So essentially the rider balances by holding onto the horses mouth. It's really not a huge deal because most folks learn how to post appropriately with time.
My opinion about half seat is this: It isn't appropriate for someone whom isn't clear on how to ride half seat, or why they are riding half seat. Being perched in the irons and not riding half seat properly, can cause the rider to fall forward and can cause the horse to be heavy on the forehand if the rider isn't balanced. She's so little that I wouldn't be too worried about this... but like I said, were she my student, she'd be sitting in the saddle!
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