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post #11 of 19 Old 09-20-2013, 10:14 PM
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Great, now all I can see is Lucy and Ethel with that tonic they were selling. Those bandannas on their heads and the are now riding horses only their legs are Barbie doll straight and Lucy is wailing!
Yea, see? I'm telling you. I would love to have read Erma Bombeck's take on English riding lessons.

(Didn't Lucy/Ricky and Ethel/Fred go camping one show? Or out west? I'm pretty sure there is at least one episode with Lucy on a donkey or horse.)
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post #12 of 19 Old 09-21-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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You are probably standing in your stirrups rather than truly posting. Try dropping your stirrups, sitting up straight and then rolling yourself into the post, using your thighs. Be sure you don't pinch with your knees...
This is EXACTLY what I was doing. More of a calf raise than anything. So today I practiced keeping my lower leg still and using my thighs and core ONLY. I am exhausted!
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that takes courage, for sure. I posted one way back and it was scary, but everyone was very nice to me.
I didn't get a video today, since my lesson got canceled so I was mostly playing around. We just practiced an obstacle course and did some barrel racing. We rescheduled for tomorrow so I will have the instructor take a video of me.

I am not too worried. I am relatively new because I am "back in the saddle" after 8 years, so any critique would be great. I am much better now after a month and a half of practice (the first day was a nightmare) and I am more confident. I am just refining my skills.
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You are probably standing in your stirrups rather than truly posting. Try dropping your stirrups, sitting up straight and then rolling yourself into the post, using your thighs. Be sure you don't pinch with your knees...
One good thing, I NEVER pinch with my knees...well that and I have soft hands. My instructor always compliments those things.
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When I first tried posting without stirrups, I could not get out of the saddle to save my life. What I did until I had enough strength on my own was to hold my reins long to I could put my hands on the pommel of the saddle and push myself up with each beat. I was cheating, but quickly got the idea of what the motion was supposed to feel like. Once I got stronger and was able to do it on my own, I realized that you need what I will call positive friction to post. I honestly don't know if it correct or not, but when I distribute my leg contact from mid thigh to my calf, from about 6" above the knee to about 6" below it. I can post no problem and leg stays on and dead quiet. Works great, and I feel very secure. It has since translated into a pretty secure jumping position too.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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I went to the barn and practiced myself today. I am definitely pinching my knees and standing in my stirrups.

Can someone explain the mechanics of rolling at the thighs?
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I went to the barn and practiced myself today. I am definitely pinching my knees and standing in my stirrups.

Can someone explain the mechanics of rolling at the thighs?
Yes PLEASE explain!
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This is EXACTLY what I was doing. More of a calf raise than anything. So today I practiced keeping my lower leg still and using my thighs and core ONLY. I am exhausted!
You'll discover muscles you never knew you had, girl! Advil is my new best friend
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You'll discover muscles you never knew you had, girl! Advil is my new best friend
I have a loving relationship with 800 mg ibuprofen.
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