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        12-18-2010, 10:26 PM
      #11
    Showing
    That's great! Glad we could help
         
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        12-18-2010, 10:43 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    You shouldn't be pushing yourself up from the stirrups anyway. This is why no-stirrup work is highly beneficial. I find that when I post, it's more using your knees and muscles in your thighs than anything. However, you don't really need to do a lot of "pushing" yourself up. Just let the movement of the horse "bounce" you up slightly, and then fall gently back into the saddle. I agree with the comment about mastering the sitting trot. My trainer made me practice my sitting trot to the point of absolute perfection before learning to post. You said that when you tried sitting the trot, it felt very bumpy. Although some horses have a bumpier trot than others (my mare, for example), you have to let yourself relax and sink into the saddle. Glue your bum to that seat and just let your body move with the horse. Once you really get down the motion of your horse, I guarantee it will make posting a million times easier.
         
        12-19-2010, 08:09 PM
      #13
    Uma
    Foal
    I sympathize with you because my thoroughbred has an incredibly uncomfortable trot.
    I agree with others that you are trying to hard to post. Is the horse you are riding hard to keep moving. That could make it hard to post too as you are trying to make your post move him forward.

    Really focus on wrapping your legs around him. Think up and out. Bring your hips forward as you post up. Use his motion to lift you up out of the saddle. A really good way (as well as an uncomfortable on rough trots but beneficial) way to do this is drop your stirrups and continue posting. This is so helpful because 1. You can no longer use your stirrups, 2. You can't get as high, 3. It builds the necessary muscles and 4. It is so uncomfortable to try to do it without the help of your horses movement so you get used letting your horses movement lift you up and out rather than you trying to post for your horse.

    Hope this helps and keep up the good work!
         
        12-20-2010, 05:38 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Uma    
    I sympathize with you because my thoroughbred has an incredibly uncomfortable trot.
    I agree with others that you are trying to hard to post. Is the horse you are riding hard to keep moving. That could make it hard to post too as you are trying to make your post move him forward.

    Really focus on wrapping your legs around him. Think up and out. Bring your hips forward as you post up. Use his motion to lift you up out of the saddle. A really good way (as well as an uncomfortable on rough trots but beneficial) way to do this is drop your stirrups and continue posting. This is so helpful because 1. You can no longer use your stirrups, 2. You can't get as high, 3. It builds the necessary muscles and 4. It is so uncomfortable to try to do it without the help of your horses movement so you get used letting your horses movement lift you up and out rather than you trying to post for your horse.

    Hope this helps and keep up the good work!

    Thank you! I had another lesson today. I tried that and fell off! I can't figure out how to ride him with no stirrups! I guess I just don't have the balance?
         
        12-20-2010, 09:54 PM
      #15
    Uma
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by xxEmilyxx    
    Thank you! I had another lesson today. I tried that and fell off! I can't figure out how to ride him with no stirrups! I guess I just don't have the balance?
    Yes! Balance is key. It'll just take practice. At first work a lot without stirrups at walk in different positions including two point. This will help you build some of the muscle that is required for balance.

    When you start trotting, due it in short bursts for a while. Trot down the long side of the arena without stirrups and then make a transition down to walk. Walk the short side and then pick up trot down the long side again. This will give you a chance to readjust if you start to lose your balance. As you get better you can go longer periods of time.

    Also make sure that when you are trotting that you keep your shoulders back and you sit up straight. If you start tipping or gripping with your knees it will become increasingly harder to post or ride your horses rough trot. Really focus on correct position with even distribution between your inner thigh and inner calf with your weight in you heel.
         
        12-20-2010, 10:34 PM
      #16
    Super Moderator
    Emily,

    As you know, falling off is just part of the game. Dont' worry, it means you were pushing your limits.
         
        12-21-2010, 01:30 AM
      #17
    Banned
    Watching your video again and something I did not mention is that you are using you hands to post, you lift, so do your hands, you sit they lower.
         
        12-21-2010, 02:14 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    You know.I ride a dutch warmblood and she is very "loud". I am trying to get use to her and I know I lift myself up out of the seat.It's really hard for me to ride her but I can post fine on my horse.I sometimes catch myself lifting myself. It takes practice!The horse should bump you up.Follow the beat. Rhytm beads also might help you with the rhytm of the horse as long as the horse isn't spooky with them. You can listen when they change gaits.I don't know if people will disagree with me. I have only been riding for a year and still have a lot of learning to do.
         
        12-21-2010, 02:18 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by xxEmilyxx    
    Thank you! I had another lesson today. I tried that and fell off! I can't figure out how to ride him with no stirrups! I guess I just don't have the balance?

    Can you be lunged by your trainer while riding? It helps! I was scared to try it but I had to balance. Breathe! And focus but don't focus to the point that you are concentrating on just posting.If you need a break do a sit trot..feel his rhythm. Also ask your trainer to have you ride with no reins and no stirrups.Use your stomach muscle and roll back your shoulders back as if a close pin is keeping your shoulder blades back and elbows bent but without reins,hands out in front of you as if you were to pick up the horses ears and out to the side as if you were flying.Toe touches help too while riding. Trust me it helps a ton!
         
        12-22-2010, 07:14 PM
      #20
    Foal
    I used to do the exact same thing that you do. And I have a crazy bouncy horse, as well.

    What I was told was to think of posting as the horse bounces you up, and you use your leg muscles to slowly put yourself back into the saddle so you don't hit hard. So try focusing on going down gently rather than pushing yourself up. It's also easier if your leg is just slightly farther underneath you. Try standing up in your stirrups, not holding onto anything, until you feel balanced, and let yourself sit down without moving your legs at all. This is where your legs should be because it keeps you in balance atop the horse.

    I think everyone has really good tips about riding without stirrups and working on the sitting trot more. Everything having to do with the trot ties in together somewhere. It's just lots of muscle and hard work. Also, the lunge line lessons are a fantastic way to learn things if your horse knows how to lunge. My new trainer doesn't do them, but my old trainer did and I used to be terrified of them but now I miss them and wish I could do them because it helps SO much with your position and everything because you don't have to worry about the horse.

    Also, if you can, It might be a good idea for you to ride a different horse to just get the feel of posting on a horse with a not-so-bouncy trot so that when you go back to your horse, you can feel confident that you know how to do it correctly, you just have to figure it out with that specific horse.
         

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