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post #11 of 13 Old 04-19-2011, 11:56 PM
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I post low in the saddle..I let my stirrups out pretty far because when I run barrels It's easier for me to put my in weight in them when I turn..and so I don't look like a jack-in-the-box..

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Ref the video I posted: I don't think there is any reason to come that far out of the saddle. The higher you go up, the farther you have to come down, and the easier it is to come down hard - which defeats the purpose of posting. My 13 year old daughter posts like the video, and it drives me nuts. And of course, she isn't about to listen to Dad...
I can see what you're saying there! My old instructor used to have me post ridiculously high and it put me off balance more than anything else. My cousin thinks that it might help me to think I should make the movement as small as possible, so I'll try that.
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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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