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    12-17-2010, 10:39 PM
Does my posting look weird?

My trainer hasn't said anything about it, and I have a lesson tomorrow, but does my posting look weird to anyone? I feel like I life up too high and fast, but Casper does have very bumpy gaits (his canter is even worse) so is this normal or something I should work on?

And yes, I know my riding isn't that good. My legs were swinging around a little, and my hands were kinda all over the place, but I haven't been on a horse since summer, so I'm just getting started up again and need to build some muscle up in my legs on my hands :)


And sorry the camera is bad, its really not the greatest for videoing!
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    12-17-2010, 10:41 PM
It looks like you're trying too hard. Just relax and let the horse push you up. The horse should cause your posting.
    12-17-2010, 11:49 PM
Let the horse move you, the motion shouldn't be half that big. Think of rolling your weight from your back onto your pelvis
    12-17-2010, 11:52 PM
Like the others said, you're making a concious effort to stand in your stirrups rather than let the horse push you up and just follow his motion.

Try relaxing your thighs and hips and just follow the motion of the horse with you leg. It also looks like you may be pinching with your knee.

Lunge lessons can be beneficial for all riders. It lets you focus on a problem area in your position without having to worry about controlling your horse. Doing one may help you get the motion of it. It seems like you may be balancing off your hands and some exercises to fix that could really help you I think.

Good luck! Cute horse by the way.
    12-18-2010, 12:01 AM
Posting should be more of a side to side motion, not exactly an up and down. Try building up that muscle and posting with your legs, relying less on stirrups and hands. You are definitely getting there! Have fun, beautiful horse:)
    12-18-2010, 12:04 AM
Oh, and I find that mastering the sitting trot and then starting to work on the posting trot is beneficial, as it builds up those muscles and lets you feel the movement of the horse:)
    12-18-2010, 12:32 AM
You are going a little to high out of the saddle. You should only be coming an inch out of the saddle with every post. Try lengthening your stirrups to help with getting your post lower.
    12-18-2010, 12:33 AM
Or better yet, try posting without stirrups at all!
    12-18-2010, 02:48 AM
Seeing your own faults yourself is huge, and you call them all here yourself. It is much easier to fix something you already understand that something you think 'huh' to.

You are correct in your own evaluation, you are posting too high. I used to do this and it helped me to make my stirrups too long for a few sessions, and concentrate on just moving myself over the pommel. With muscle memory being a strange thing, I learnt pretty fast.

Sitting trot without stirrups is also a great thing, automatically you should feel your leg drop. So this only changes with stirrups because your head changes. Do a lot of without stirrup work and be aware of the changes.

But I would like to give you respect for seeing your errors, we all have them no matter what level we are at, very few admit to them!
    12-18-2010, 11:24 PM
Thanks so much everyone. I had a lesson today and I feel like I did SO much better. Couldn't get a video because my mom ran some errands (sp?) while I was riding but I feel like I didn't go as far up in the saddle as before and I kept my hands on the same length of reins without switching them all the time! It was a great lesson, thank you so much :)

Also, she had me do a sitting trot and his trot is quite bumpy. It wasn't too comfortable! But definatley tougher to stay on! We also rode for a little while without stirrups. I am wondering, when you post with no stirrups, what do you use to help yourself lift? Do I press my knees against the saddle and use my legs to keep me there while I post?

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