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    07-24-2012, 11:47 AM
  #11
Foal
Thank you SO MUCH for all the tips. I am very new to this forum and I have found it to be extremely helpful! You guys are awesome.
In my upcoming lessons (after I gain better control of the horse) I am going to ask the instructor to specifically work on posting while looking at my position.

On Sunday I was trying to use my feet and legs in the stirrups to force myself to go up and down, which is not the advice here. I was definitely not using the motion of the horse to help me and it sounds like that is what I need to do. Wow, lots of work and practice ahead! It was near impossble for me to go fast enough to keep up with the horses motion, trying to do it myself and not using the horse's motion to assist me.

When the horse is trotting and you're bouncing up and down, at first I thought I was posting just because my butt was coming off the seat without having to do anything but sit there. I know differently now!
     
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    07-24-2012, 12:10 PM
  #12
Weanling
I find students have the hardest time learning the post to the trot.
Try not posting from your feet you shouldnt be the one to mke you rise per say the horses movement should bop you up on the two beat. If your legs or feet are moving your posting either of stride from your feet heels coming up.
There are two things to improve your legs and position

(1) this is done off the horse and can be done anywhere. Place a ball between your knees and do squats without dropping the ball. Its a little hard at first but it strengthens your legs and knees. Weak knees don't help in posting.
(2) The horse shoe game. With your instructor have her place a horse shoe on your tip of your feet. Keeping you heels down will keep the shoes on your tip of feet.
Oh and (3) The dollar game its fun too Place a dollar between your knees anytime you loosen or open the knee while trying to post you'll drop the dollar. This is a great group game for kids. All the kids start with the dollars under their knees. When a child drops their dollar they are disqualified the dollars are then placed under the remaining riders so fourth and so fourth till the last rider in the ring gets the dollars. This truely motivates students to focus and concentrate more on their position..

These games and exercises will help you get to where you need to go. I use them when I teach kids.

Good luck dnt give up you'll get it

TRR
     
    07-24-2012, 05:01 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by OCcat    
Wow, lots of work and practice ahead! It was near impossble for me to go fast enough to keep up with the horses motion, trying to do it myself and not using the horse's motion to assist me.

When the horse is trotting and you're bouncing up and down, at first I thought I was posting just because my butt was coming off the seat without having to do anything but sit there. I know differently now!
There IS a huge amount of practice and work ahead, but it's not going to be on the posting... You'll think about this stuff, and you'll go give it another shot, and there's going to come a moment when your body feels all weird and stretchy and suddenly you've got a rhythm.

Don't do what I did when that happens, which is go "WHOO! I'VE GOT IT!!" because you will lose it again immediately.

Just notice that feeling in your body and look for it to happen again. Posting the trot is like riding a bike. It is totally impossible until you "get" it, and then it's almost impossible to remember not being able to "get" it.
     

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