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    08-14-2012, 10:49 PM
  #11
Foal
Wow thank you all so much for the critiques! It makes way more sense now. I'm so glad I took a clip of myself.. this is the first time I saw myself ride and I had no idea I was posting so high since it doesn't feel that way at all. I think I am sitting way too much on my butt and not enough on my crotch. One lesson before I took my break to get married I was sitting more on my crotch which was really uncomfortable but my instructor said I was posting great. Tomorrow at my lesson I'll ask her about the stirrups and I'll focus on sitting a little more forward and I'll sit for a few beat to get a better sense of Beauty's pace.

Awesome!! Thanks again.. I'll keep everyone updated on my progress. So exciting! :)
     
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    08-14-2012, 11:28 PM
  #12
Weanling
Something that I think that will also help you post more comfortably that I did not see mentioned in the comments is that you are using the wrong muscles to post. All of your weight is in your stirrups.

This is what I do when I feel my posting is off - get rid of the stirrups.

1) Be comfortable sitting the trot, once you can do this you then . . .

2) POST with out stirrups. It hurts and you will hate it and you will hurt the next day but it teaches you that posting does not come rising from your feet. Posting comes from your thighs! I don't know anatomy very well so bare with me but when you rise you want to squeeze from above the knee and up. You are NOT gripping with your calves! Not only is this good to improve how you post but it also makes thighs look nice too I swear! Llololol

You'll feel like a fool the first couple of times but eventually your legs will become stronger and you will notice how much more your seat improves.

Someone did mention your timing, well, I don't know any other method that teaches better timing! You're killing two birds with one stone!

I hope this helps!

Love, Sara

PS. If you try it, let me know how it goes?
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    08-15-2012, 01:59 AM
  #13
Super Moderator
YOu don't need to ride more on your crotch. You torso position is not bad as is. You can just sit in the saddle, take your feet out of the stirrup and let them hang down. When they do this, your upper body shouldn't change much. Your legs can be positioned further under you with rolling more onto your crotch. If you were a posable doll, you could move the legs back without changing the position of the torso.

When you ride think of your heels as pointing back, toward the horse's back feet, and think of your weight going down , through your leg, PAST the stirrup and out your heel to meet the moving horse's back feet. This will liin you up nicely and make posting as bsms said it, "unfolding, and refolding, right over our the stirrup bars."
     
    08-15-2012, 06:49 PM
  #14
Foal
I had my lesson today and I think it went much better. I was way more controlled in my posting and relaxed a little and let Beauty do most of the work. I lost my camera so I don't have a video but I felt a difference. I focused on doing "baby posts" and just moving my hips and not my entire upper body. I also wasn't as winded as I usually am after my lesson. I felt really good today! I tried sitting the trot a few times and the first time I was able to do it but the other times I felt like I was bouncing all over the place. I'm having a hard time relaxing my hips and moving with her but I know that's something that will come in time..

Hopefully I will find my camera and post an actual video of my progress!
     
    08-15-2012, 07:01 PM
  #15
Super Moderator
Yeah, it does take a lot of time to come naturally. I remember when posting was work, now it's pretty easy, though easier on a hrose that gives you something to post from.

Keep it up!
     
    08-15-2012, 07:13 PM
  #16
Trained
I would second getting hold of a copy of Centred Riding, there are so many great visualizations in there to help you get the feel of 'getting it right'

I still rise by her explanation of imagining a stretchy cord attached to your belt buckle, you imagine the pull to lift up and forward out of the saddle, then have to contrail lowering back into the saddle again, it really helped me.

I have recently bought a new copy, I first read it many many years ago, and it is helping me all over again now.
     
    08-21-2012, 11:11 AM
  #17
Yearling
Great advice here. I just wanted to chime in as another novice rider who started as an adult- time is a big factor in riding. There are really good tips here and the more you try to work on them the more automatic they become but don't get frustrated if it doesn't all come together immediately.

As far as posting goes, my horse has a huge trot and it helps me to think more about not slamming back down on his back than "rising" to the post. She will do the work to lift you, your job is to absorb the downward motion. Over all you're looking good, I agree your hands are more quiet than the usual beginner, you seem relaxed and like you're having fun! Great job!

Oh and a 3rd on Sally Swift- her book has helped me so much!
     
    08-21-2012, 01:37 PM
  #18
Foal
If you can I would get your coach to put you on a longeline (ideally a roundpen) and work on your position, doing exercises, sitting to posting trot,back to sitting. The horse in the video is not being very generous to you. The Sally Swift book is great, highly recommend it. Make sure the saddle does fit you.
     

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