Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: yankee ct where we live forever
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OP! take heart!
I'm 67, started riding when I was a youngun of 64 and I'm more overweight than I care to discuss in a public forum. I post the trot most of the time, in different ways - mostly I do a modified post, meaning I ride with my seat lifted off the saddle, letting my knees take the brunt of the momentum (like ball joints in a car) - and the saddles sort of comes up to my butt rather than me moving up and down. I do this to ease my ridiculously big butt off my big butt horse's back while we warm up and hopefully I get to sit his trot if he's feeling generous.
The formal POST, is hard work. And being older, it's a lot harder. But it's good for you. JUST DON"T OVERDO IT <-- If it seems like I'm shouting, I don't mean to shout at you. I'm just shouting because I will never forget that day: last year I decided to be stubborn and not take breaks during the posting warmups in a dressage class (my first) and by the time we were cantering I was too pooped to pop and was sent airborne by my giant steed (who was very upset by my sudden take off and required a soothing peppermint).
Posting is feeling as if you're swinging your hips kind of forward and off the seat in rhythm to the horses cadence, holding your core: torso, back, head, hands steady and straight.
I promise the more you do it, the easier it will get but some days will be murder and some days will be golden. Learning to ride standing in the stirrups is very helpful because it strengthens you and lengthens your muscles in addition to letting your horse relax and warm up easier and it gives you better balance. A lot of good posting is about being so balanced, you're in total rhythm with the horse.