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    04-24-2011, 07:42 PM
Green Broke
Question Weird posting?

Sorry I don't have any pics or videos right now, I will try to get one when I have my lesson. Though that probably wont happen because my sister drives me and probably wont do it...

But anyway my problem is that I think I post weird.... I post high and straight.. Like my leg is almost straight when I go up.

Is that good or bad?
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    04-24-2011, 09:35 PM
All I can think of is that you could be leaning too far forward?
    04-24-2011, 09:39 PM
Shorten your stirrups and think "small" when you post. Seat should not be that far off your saddle.
    04-25-2011, 06:34 PM
Green Broke
Wouldn't that make me post higher? Maybe I am to forward... I am going to ask my instructer about it tomorrow when I have my lesson.

Thanks :)
    04-25-2011, 08:43 PM
This is a reply I gave to someone else who was struggling with their posting. Hope this helps!

First things first. Posting should feel natural; not forced or strenuous.

Do you know your diagonals? Always "rise and fall with the leg on the wall." Your seat should be out of the saddle when the outside leg is forward/off the ground. The reason for this is, especially noticeable on a circle, because when you are on the correct diagonal, the horse's motion will "throw" you towards the inside of the circle instead of outside to help balance you during the movement.

During the act of posting, try not to over due it. It all just looks wrong when it is overdone. Think about wearing a pair of boxer shorts. When rising out of the saddle, only the part of the leg where the boxers hit (mid thigh) and waist should move up and forward. None of that shoving the legs and feet out in front of you to "get you out of the saddle". Hold your position with your calves and thighs and allow your horse's movement to push your seat out of the saddle. It helps to have your horse moving along at a nice pace--not a slow jog--to make posting easier.

Posting is sometimes used as a way to lengthen a horse's stride because posting allows you to be off your horse's back at times and not restrict is back. To do this when you are in the "down" part of posting, squeeze your horse forward with your legs and into the bit. This is also done during the warm up to help the horse stretch out and down and loosen up his back.

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    04-25-2011, 08:50 PM
Do you end up looking like this:

My youngest daughter getting a lesson. It drives me nuts, because she tends to come down with a plop! And that defeats the purpose of posting...

In her defense, a 16" saddle is too big for her, and lengthening the stirrups isn't an option. The saddle size tends to drive her to use too short stirrups with a chair seat. However, there is no requirement to balance on the stirrups in a near two point position at the top of the post. You don't even need to lose contact with the saddle - just rise enough to take the pressure off the saddle, and GENTLY relax, allowing your weight to rest back in to it.

But I'm her Dad, so what do I know?

I don't know if my comments would apply to someone using a jump saddle. I don't do jumping, and I tend to ride a jump saddle as if it is a misshapen dressage saddle. No, I'm not a pretty sight! But for western or Australian saddles, it is entirely possible to post discretely.
    04-25-2011, 09:00 PM
Originally Posted by bsms    
My youngest daughter getting a lesson. It drives me nuts, because she tends to come down with a plop! And that defeats the purpose of posting...

In her defense, a 16" saddle is too big for her, and lengthening the stirrups isn't an option. The saddle size tends to drive her to use too short stirrups with a chair seat.
Is there no other saddle for her to use? Part of the reason she is coming down with a plop is because her leg is not underneath her. It is very hard and ineffective to post in a chair seated position caused by either poor position or a saddle with the stirrup bars too far forward. Her leg needs to be underneath her seat to help balance her position. As you mentioned, there should only be movement from the mid thigh to their hips.

You can also try posting with no stirrups. That will help her to move off of the horse's movements and not the stirrups.
    04-26-2011, 07:26 PM
Green Broke
Yeah bsms that's how I post too! In my lessons I use a western saddle, I don't particularly like it, but I am not complaining as long as I get to ride :)

I know about the diagonals and it feels very comfortable to do it on Star (my main lesson horse) But I did ride a different horse today in my lesson and most of the time I didn't post AS high but when we went into a fast trot I did.

I usually do no stirupt work with sitting and posting.
    04-26-2011, 07:55 PM
I think a big part of the problem that many western riders have with posting is that lots of western saddles force you into a chair seat of varying degree. Some actually make it painful to try to keep your legs under you where they should be.

I have noticed that many ranch type saddles and even some of the barrel and pleasure saddles have the fenders set further back and make it easier to keep your feet underneath you; whereas most roping and trail saddles have the fenders set fairly far forward, encouraging a significant chair seat. Having a saddle that is too big would only make this effect worse like we saw in bsms's picture.
    04-26-2011, 08:21 PM
Green Broke
That makes a lot of sense! I am hoping it will dry up here so I could post some pictures of me and Abby in our english saddle... But the way she has been acting... It might take a while... lol

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