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post #1 of 15 Old 06-05-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Difference between Western and English

Can someone please explain to me the difference in posting with a western saddle opposed to an English saddle? I have always ridden English and I find that trying to post in a Western saddle is uncomfortable lol so I'm sure I'm doing something wrong. Can someone please differentiate?

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-05-2012, 11:53 PM
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most people who ride western do not post

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most people who ride western do not post
What do they do lol just sit back and move with the motion?

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most people who ride western do not post
I definitely beg to differ. I have yet to really meet someone who doesn't post. And I am in one of the most Western states there is.
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-06-2012, 12:30 AM
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Many Western riders post; just not so much when showing.
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-06-2012, 12:34 AM
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OKAY back on topic. I believe it's different because of the build of the saddle. You are more constricted in a western saddle so therefore, it feels a lot weirder to post in it. Plus the seat goes much farther up, giving you the feeling to "sit on your pockets" which you don't get in an english saddle at all.
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Okay let me chime in. Performance events, reining/reined cowhorse, equitation events, trail classes and rail classes do NOT post. It does not matter what you do in training. Most riders who ride only speed/timed classes post as an exaggeration of the rate cue which is to sit.. I, personally, like to do both. I normally post at the beginning of the ride to let the horse stretch their back and neck and free up before I ask them to frame up at the sitting jog. The proper western equitation at the jog and extended jog is to sit, however, you will not be popular with the judges if you post in a class.

The english equitation position is differant for posting. Maybe you could benefit from doing some no stirrup work or work on the lunge line to find your seat, it certainly is differant. A lot of people get bound up by the horn and the cantle being there. I find the movemet is not quite as big for posting in western as in english as the saddle is not as free.

Good luck, post a video if you want and we can probably help.
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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.

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I've noticed at my barn that almost all of the riders will post the trot. If the horse is doing a jog, then it's easier to sit. But a full on trot? There are only a couple of pretty experienced riders who are able to sit it. And to them I bow down. I can sit maybe two beats and then I'm posting again.

However, since the stirrups are longer in western riding I feel like my post is kind of lame looking and not as nice as it was in english when the stirrups were higher. If I make my stirrups higher, then I can't mount from the ground which is something I really want to be able to do.
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Knees are important here I think....Try not to lean on your stirrups, use your knees and legs to push up from the side of the horse instead :)

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I definitely beg to differ. I have yet to really meet someone who doesn't post. And I am in one of the most Western states there is.
I think it's a barrel racing/rodeo deal.. I post because I like my horses to extend their trot and as SH said, the cue for our horses to stop and rate is to sit. My horses move better with a faster trot and my posting it, however, I CAN bring mine down to that slow little trot that Western riders sit.. Other Western riders like a slower paced more collected trot, and in the show ring it's not acceptable to post in a Western saddle.. But all barrel racers I ride with post.. Just personal preference.
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