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post #21 of 29 Old 05-01-2014, 05:38 PM
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Alison Finch said what I wanted to say already - stiffness and tension makes for hard work in riding, the more you can relax the easier it will be to 'go with the horse'. Most beginners try to make themselves post with no connection at all to what the horses legs are doing - having someone call to you 'up, down' as they watch the horses diagonals might help, as long as the horse has a constant rhythm going you'll soon fall into it
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Would it be possible to get a lunge line lesson? That way you can concentrate on yourself and not have to worry about controlling the horse. Even take hold of the pommel or the mane during the lesson to help you with your balance at the beginning and have your instructor count out 1, 2 ,1, 2, I find counting like that helps with getting the rhythm. I'm 73 but have been riding for over 55 yrs and don't remember having any problems with the trot (senior moment??) but I would trot for miles when I was younger.
If this is a dressage barn I'm guessing the horses are forward moving and probably don't have the easiest trots which can make it harder.

Don't give up, as the others said it will become easier with time and getting those muscles in shape.

Another thought. Can you sit to the trot for a few steps to feel the rhythm and then gradually start rising with the motion of the horse? Try to relax and just let the horse push you slightly out of the saddle ( you don't have to rise very high) and then back down, counting out the strides as you go.
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I havent read read all the other posts fully, i just skimmed over them so sorry if i repeat anything. When i first started doing a rising trot i found it almost impossible, i had no idea how anyone could do it with so little effort. I would get tired after a lap of the riding ring. After a while i found it easier and easier until it became natural to me. Right now its my instinct to post when a horse trots. When i didnt ride for a few months when i came back i found i got tired after posting after one or two laps. Now after 4 or so months of weekly lessons i no longer get tired, and at times i ride at a trot for a full hour.
So at the moment a rising trot takes some effort, but after you start riding more and your muscles strengthen riding a rising trot will seem easy. Then you can start working on the tougher stuff without having to focus on your trot.

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Talking Weeeeee!

After reading this thread I really worked at memorizing the comments.

I lengthened my stirrups 1 hole

I loosened my back.

I smiled

I kept my shoulders back chest out.

I let the saddle throw me up and out.

It was easier. I went roughly 100 yards and realized hey I am doing it. My trainer even commented that we looked better tonight.

And to think I didn't want to ride tonight. Loosen your back. It helps.
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Funny, I find that a lot of the time people who don't post well have their stirrups too long, too much chest poked out and too much arch in the back and bum pooched out.
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Tiny I tend to fall forward badly. My idea of chest out is probably still shy of vertical. I felt much more balanced today.
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the thing with chest out is that it tends to put a curve into the back, too much.
try to think of your pelvis being pulled forward, up and forward, then falling back, as if you had a line hooked under your pubic bone, and it was angled up at about a 45 degree toward the sky, and this is how you are hefted up and out of the saddle (ouch!), then you go back. and you don't reallly "fall' back, you ease back . the upward motion will be a bit faster than the sitting back down motion, like UP! aaannd Up! aanndd UP!
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When my stirrups are shorter, I lose balance easier. I know it's not "proper" English riding to have stirrups where I have them, but it's how it works well for me. It's why I love Western so much (one of the reasons). The stirrups are longer and that suits me better.

I believe that with different body styles (and with that, different centers of gravity), different arrangments of tack or different types of riding (forward vs. traditional), might work for one person and yet not work for another. It behooves all riders to try different things until she/he finds what works for her/him.

I think it's great you're coming on here, getting suggestions, trying them out and having success!! That's what the forum is all about, right? Good for you!!

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I was going to say with learning to post I think it is a struggle until it just clicks and then it just hits you.

Its a hard skill to learn because it takes strength, timing, balance and concentration almost too many things to remember at once!

Sounds like it might have just clicked for you!!

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