Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
I have never seen anyone riding in any western disciplines. (reining, cattle work, western pleasure, etc.) post.
Posting in a western saddle is inappropriate at a show
, but most actual working cowboys will spend a good portion of their day posting. I post all the time, especially on Rafe. His trot is so big that it wears me out to sit it for more than 10-15 minutes at a time. Dobe, on the other hand, is so smooth that it's more of a workout to post
than it is to sit LOL.
Anyway, back on topic. She's doing very well. As others have said, she's leaning back, but the balance and strength to sit straight for the lope will come in time. In spite of her being a little behind the motion and a little out of balance, she seems to have a good seat. She's not bouncing hard or flopping like so many riders do.
Truthfully, I think the biggest problem is that the saddle doesn't fit her very well. It's forcing her thighs and legs forward into a pretty bad chair seat which, in turn, is making the leaning back issue worse.
Most western saddles seem to be designed to force the rider into a chair seat by keeping their legs swung way out in front of them...making it almost impossible to actually align their body. Learning to ride correctly in a saddle like that can be done, but it's an uphill battle.
Here's a couple pictures to explain what I mean. This is my old roping saddle that I rode a few years ago. It has the fenders hung really far forward, which is typical of roping saddles. I could get my legs underneath me, but it was a massive workout and I was always fighting the saddle.
Then, I got my ranch saddle with the fenders hung a little farther back. It made having a correct seat so much easier.