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post #1 of 5 Old 08-14-2011, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Rising/Posting Trot help!

OK-I have been riding since June again and I am still building my leg and seat back up after 25 years of being off. I know this is just going to be a matter of practice, but does anyone have any tips or tricks to get me better more quickly? I know I need to sit back, tighten my abs, not lean forward, not get too high. I had been using polo wrap around my horses neck just for some better balance and that does seem to help. Anything would be appreciated! :) My trainer teases me that there are no walk-only Dressage tests! :)
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Love your trainer! Like the idea of the polo wrap around the neck. I shall use that, thank you.

Try not to work too hard at it. It' is meant to allow you to move with the horse and allow the horse to move more forward without interference, so the big thing is to be really going with the flow of the horse and ALLOWING the horse to move through . Later, as you get better, you can influence the hrose through the rising trot but first you need to be able to be a great follower.

So, relax mentally but not slouch. Breath slowly and loosely. Let your ankles sink down and stay kind of pulsing so that they can absorb some of the motion. Think of your heel as pointing backward and downward, toward the horse's rear feet. Think of joining his back feet with your feet and riding in harmony with his engine (the back feet). Just a silly mental image but it helps me.
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Love your trainer! Like the idea of the polo wrap around the neck. I shall use that, thank you.

Try not to work too hard at it. It' is meant to allow you to move with the horse and allow the horse to move more forward without interference, so the big thing is to be really going with the flow of the horse and ALLOWING the horse to move through . Later, as you get better, you can influence the hrose through the rising trot but first you need to be able to be a great follower.

So, relax mentally but not slouch. Breath slowly and loosely. Let your ankles sink down and stay kind of pulsing so that they can absorb some of the motion. Think of your heel as pointing backward and downward, toward the horse's rear feet. Think of joining his back feet with your feet and riding in harmony with his engine (the back feet). Just a silly mental image but it helps me.
Thank you! I will try everything you just mentioned. Can you tell me why sometimes I feel like I am stretching so much down into the stirrups? Does that make sense? I assume it is just weakness. Sometimes I feel like I really have it, and other times I just feel like a clutz!
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You have to post with your hips, not legs. So relax your body and just try to move your hips only. The way you can practice is getting big exercise ball (from Walmart), sit on it with your legs spread (not BETWEEN the legs really but closer to the "edge") and move your hips like you are riding a horse (the ball will bounce imitating the trot). Your legs should just stay in place, but you'll get the idea on how to move hips.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-15-2011, 12:31 AM
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Thank you! I will try everything you just mentioned. Can you tell me why sometimes I feel like I am stretching so much down into the stirrups? Does that make sense? I assume it is just weakness. Sometimes I feel like I really have it, and other times I just feel like a clutz!

Your stirrups are likely too long.
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