Can't post without stirrups! - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 08-26-2013, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Can't post without stirrups!

Not even at a walk! I just awkwardly hump the saddle trying like hell to use my lower legs to get up and nothing I've tried helps! I should be able to do this, I'm extremely comfortable posting with stirrups and my balance has been improving immensely. My trainer just started re-teaching me jumps (I haven't jumped in 3 years) this is the one thing I haven't seen a shred of improvement on. Help!
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-26-2013, 09:37 PM
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First - Good for you for even trying! So many don't. It will pay off in the end.

It takes some real muscle and good tone to post without stirrups. Not just in your legs, either (you've probably noticed).

If you're not going to go to the gym, which may or may not help anyway, I suggest keep working at it. You will get better and really notice good results in your riding.
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Focus on the horse pushing you up out of the saddle at the trot and really just go with it- those muscles will develop over time. And I bet you can't post stirrup less at the walk- that's even harder than at the trot because you don't have the momentum of the horse pushing you up. Squats and calf raises can help strengthen those leg muscles, good luck!
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