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    05-23-2011, 05:50 PM
  #11
Showing
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Originally Posted by slowlopin    
Western is walk/jog/lope during the jog you do not post. If you do the horse will pick up a trot there for you'd just be riding english in a western saddle :)

Hope this helped!
No, I don't think so. Western horses are often worked at a working trot where it is more comfortable for horse and rider to post. You can still ride Western if you post, though.
     
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    05-23-2011, 06:00 PM
  #12
Started
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Originally Posted by slowlopin    
Western is walk/jog/lope during the jog you do not post. If you do the horse will pick up a trot there for you'd just be riding english in a western saddle :)
That's like saying you can't sit the trot while riding english because otherwise you'd be riding western in an english saddle.
     
    05-23-2011, 06:48 PM
  #13
Weanling
On my bigger mare, I always sit because she has a smooth enough trot.

The only time I am able to sit the trot on my pony is when she's going at a barely-moving crawl. Otherwise, it's so horrifically bouncy so I kind of have to post. I'm getting much better at sitting on her the more I ride her, but if I want a good, steady, ground-eating trot, I need to post.

Oh, yeah, and I ride almost exclusively western.

When I first got into riding, my English friend would always tell me: "No, you can't post western". She said it as though it was physically impossible. Well, as I got a bit more experienced, I was able to argue my case and she kind of backed down. She's a very proper show rider, so she does not believe in posting in a western saddle, but for comfort and convenience on my part, yes, I will post. I'm a trail rider-I don't need to do it proper or pretty, I just need to get it done.
     
    05-23-2011, 06:56 PM
  #14
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I ALWAYS post the trot. Then again, I'm not on some slow jogging Western Pleasure horse. I'm usually on a fast trotting barrel horse.

If you want to post and feel more comfortable that way, then do it.
     
    05-23-2011, 07:00 PM
  #15
Teen Forum Moderator
I ride souly western and I've ALWAYS posted, unless I'm riding our arab who has such a smooth trot that its almost harder to try posting than to just sit, because there is no impulsion! All of my rodeo friends and the farmhands post at times or on certain horses, and I guarentee to you...they're western xD
     
    05-23-2011, 07:06 PM
  #16
Weanling
You don't post in shows but it is perfectly acceptable at any other time. Especially if you are riding a young horse. You are better off posting to get off their back so you don't cause problems. Regardless of whether you are riding english or western you should not sit a trot if the horse is inverted. It is like pounding on their back every stride.
     
    05-23-2011, 07:11 PM
  #17
Trained
For a few hundred yards, I prefer sitting the trot. For a mile or more, I prefer to post. I doubt the old time cowboys (1880) posted, but then, I don't believe the cavalry posted back then either. The normal 1800s cowboy rode with very long stirrups and feet forward - as did the military. That would make posting a challenge.

Most modern western riders use somewhat shorter stirrups and have their feet closer to their hip, giving the option of comfortably posting.

An LS cowpuncher [Zack T. Burkett] and his mount. LS Ranch, Texas., 1907

     
    05-23-2011, 07:19 PM
  #18
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My problem is, one of my horses has such a bouncy trot that I don't even know if you CAN sit it. That's pretty sad because he used to be a ranch/cutting horse, and from what I'm gathering here, they don't post much? I feel sorry for the poor soul that had to endure his bumpy trot whilst trying to sit it. Hah.
     
    05-23-2011, 07:31 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Tennessee    
My problem is, one of my horses has such a bouncy trot that I don't even know if you CAN sit it. That's pretty sad because he used to be a ranch/cutting horse, and from what I'm gathering here, they don't post much? I feel sorry for the poor soul that had to endure his bumpy trot whilst trying to sit it. Hah.
Maybe that's why he's not a ranch horse anymore
     
    05-23-2011, 07:38 PM
  #20
Weanling
I always post...just as mentioned, you can't do it in shows.
     

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