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        10-25-2010, 01:06 PM
      #11
    Super Moderator
    Do something in addition to posting; like do a figure of some kind or work at making a good circle. In other words, engage your mind and your horse's mind instead of just going around the rail.
    Posting the trot can really free up the hrose to move out more. IF you sit the trot and don't know how to do it really well (I don't), this will tend to dampen down the horse's trot, posting it will free it to be more energetic and ground covering. Once you learn how to post the trot easily, you will be able to do it in your sleep and go for miles without being tired.
    I am just the opposite, I can sit the trot for short periods of time but don't find it comfortable to want to do it for long.
         
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        10-25-2010, 02:11 PM
      #12
    Started
    Well, at least you're not pulling yourself up with your arms!
    Just sink your weight to your heels and breathe. From there it will be much easier to post more forward than up, and everything will fall into place.

    I still can't post properly in a western saddle, something about it makes it hard NOT to go "up"! ;P
         
        10-26-2010, 09:53 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I have a little pattern for you adding to what TinyLiny said! Start goin around the arena, then make a circle at each corner. If you have a rectangular arena not a square one, then also make a circle in the middle of the long end! It's sometimes tricky, but it get's your mind going and your horse's. You can do it at a walk, trot and canter. Walk just feels sooo slow, and canter can be tricky, but trot is great! If your horse is slowing down whenever you circle, your circle is getting too small. In this activity your circles should all be even sized, and don't worry about speed, or turning sharply.
         
        10-26-2010, 10:22 PM
      #14
    Trained
    You need to anchor your seat with your heels a bit more...as you are not really using them that way now. That will help you feel a lot more secure, as it will put your body inline better.
         
        10-27-2010, 09:12 AM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Cheyennes mom    
    I have a little pattern for you adding to what TinyLiny said! Start goin around the arena, then make a circle at each corner. If you have a rectangular arena not a square one, then also make a circle in the middle of the long end! It's sometimes tricky, but it get's your mind going and your horse's. You can do it at a walk, trot and canter. Walk just feels sooo slow, and canter can be tricky, but trot is great! If your horse is slowing down whenever you circle, your circle is getting too small. In this activity your circles should all be even sized, and don't worry about speed, or turning sharply.
    Sounds awesome! I think I will try that next time we're in the longer arena!! The thing with this mare is that she won't slow down if we're turning sharply, probably because I am being a little more aggressive (which I'm not very good at) but if I do a larger circle she stops.. The hardest part of riding for me so far has just been keeping her at a trot. I don't know if it's me or her, or just a combination of me not being aggressive and her not wanting to trot.. But we are going on a trail ride this week so we'll see how we do together outside of the fence!!

    Thanks for all the help everyone!! :)
         
        10-29-2010, 02:22 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Since your riding western I think you could lengthen your stirrups a bit they look a little short.. That might help lengthening your leg and allowing your heels to go down. Then balancing will be a bit easier
         
        10-30-2010, 07:11 PM
      #17
    Foal
    What I do when I'm teaching someone to post is start in a roundpen. A lunge rope is optional. I'll tell them to close their eyes and FEEL the horse. Really think about it. When is the front inside leg moving forward? When is the back outside leg moving forward? I've seen people gain a lot of confidence when they can not worry about where the horse is going and just focus on balance and timing. This helps them pick up the right diagonal when riding solo in an arena too.
         
        10-30-2010, 08:52 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Also, dropping your stirrups a few holes might help. Focus on heels down :)
         
        10-30-2010, 09:15 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I find posting should come from your heels and I notess that your heels arent down at all it may help if you put them down and turn your tow out. What also helps is when your up for 2 beat and sit one. Btw you and your horse look awesoem together!
         
        10-31-2010, 12:21 PM
      #20
    Foal
    For relaxing I actually will close my eyes some. Also practicing with arms out to the side up in the air helps to. The only thing that stuck out to be was your heels need to be DOWN. You went forward a little bit but not bad just watch your shoulders.
         

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