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    06-28-2012, 04:57 PM
  #1
Foal
Tips for Posting?

I'm having trouble with posting the trot. (note;I've only been riding for 4 days) I keep ending up pulling on the horse's mouth to get myself up, and I can't keep my legs still. I can't keep my heels down, either. When I try and get the horse to go, my feet end up slipping out of the stirrups; even if my heels are down! I'm a pro at walking (isn't everyone? Haha), but once I start trotting, I loose my good-streak. I've tried sitting the trot, but the stable horses I ride are rather bouncy, and the one who isn't quite as bouncy doesn't like to trot for more than 3 strides, and I can't keep him going very well while trying to post at the same time. Any tips/suggestions are appreciated :)
     
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    06-28-2012, 10:18 PM
  #2
Showing
Well you're a very new rider so you've not yet built up the muscles to post at the trot.

For you, the best thing to do would be to work out at home, specifically your abs and inner thighs as well as calves.

When you post, you're supposed to allow the horse's momentum to lift you up, and the gravity brings you down. So if you're having trouble getting up, maybe the horse is not trotting as well as he should be?

From what you're telling me, since you can't keep your heels down (not push them down, but just stretching your leg down) then you're pinching with your knee and are probably very bouncy ontop (?)

You are NOT supposed to push up with your toes/feet or use the reins to come up. Nor are you to ever pinch or brace (be ridgid as a board.)

Since you're new to this, I would advise you to be on the lunge line (talk with your trainer) so you can post without getting in the horse's way or yanking the horse around.

Hope that helped.
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    06-28-2012, 10:53 PM
  #3
Started
Trust me, it will get better. When I started riding English 3 years ago I had the same problems; now my legs are completely secure and stable. Just keep practicing (as correctly as possible) and your strength and balance will improve tremendously. Then you'll look back on the day when you couldn't post and think "Wow, I can't believe that was ever hard!" :)
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    06-29-2012, 08:07 AM
  #4
Showing
Yes it does get easier :) You'll totally get there!!
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    06-29-2012, 08:45 AM
  #5
Yearling
1. It's the horse's movement that causes you to go up. You'll feel it at the sitting trot - at some point in the trot, the horse's body kind of bumps your butt up. For posting trot, you just like that happen - you'll find yourself going up automatically.

2. You shouldn't be going way up or making a big post if you're just trotting the horse normally on the flat. The amount of "up" you get depends a lot on the horse you are riding. My horse gives me a big "up", because he has a big movement. Last winter I rode a horse that barely gave me an "up" at all because he's used to the western jog, not the english trot. I've ridden horses that fall somewhere in between. Point is, let the horse tell you how much "up" to go (at least at this point...you'll be exposed to fine-tuning on that when you get better).

3. Try pulling your toes up like you are going to touch the inside top of your boot (top, not end of the boot). This may help keep your heels down. If you're still having trouble keeping your stirrup, get your trainer to check the length of the stirrup leathers - they could be too long.

You will get it. It is like riding a bicycle - you either can, or your can't - there isn't much of an "almost there". One minute you will be struggling with this, and the next minute you're going to "get it" and you'll be doing it, and you won't be able to remember why it was so hard.
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    06-29-2012, 08:55 AM
  #6
Started
At only four days of riding, posting will be tough to nail down right away. Don't worry, it'll come with time and practice. I guarantee there will be a lightbulb moment, probably pretty soon, and you'll wonder how posting was ever tricky at all.

Learning to post is easier on a horse with some natural bounce that is moving out properly. If you're riding a horse with a very pokey, smooth trot, or one that prefers to do more of a western-type jog, you'll end up working harder than the horse.

A visualization that I found really helpful is to imagine a giant spring hooked to your belt buckle, and stretching at a 45 degree angle up into the sky in front of you. Imagine the spring directing the movement of the posting action. I find that, armed with the "spring image," it's easier to get the right kind of forward and back element to the movement, rather than trying to go straight up and down, or to "stand and sit," which is much harder, works against the horse's movement, and gets the rider more reliant on their feet and stirrups than they should be.

Ditto on the lunge line lessons -- with you on the lunge, all you have to worry about is posting; the instructor will take responsibility for keeping the horse moving forward, and you won't have the temptation to use the reins for leverage. Although at this early stage just getting the movement down and correct is most important, eventually you'll need to post on the correct diagonal. There are real biomechanical reasons for this, but for now it'll be easiest to remember to "rise and fall with the leg on the wall." Your instructor will cover diagonals in proper detail when you're ready for that little wrinkle.

You may want to try a few strengthening exercises between rides. Look at exercises that target upper thigh and core muscles. Also, riding for stretches on the flat in two-point position can be great for your "posting muscles" and overall position. Provided that your saddle fits you well and the stirrups are properly adjusted, correct two-point forces you to adopt a more correct lower leg position to stay balanced and stable -- focus on maintaining that nice leg position when you sit back down, and pop up into two-point at random intervals to check yourself. If you have to shuffle and readjust your position before you can get into two-point, something has slipped in your leg position. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Good luck, and have fun!!
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    06-30-2012, 11:43 AM
  #7
Foal
Thank you so much everyone! :) This is all very, very, very helpful. I rode my favorite lesson horse, Lucy, yesterday, and managed to do pretty well. The past couple days I've been riding extremely lazy horses who barely wanted to walk xD Lucy is a Morgan, and on the shorter side, so her trot is a little bouncier, which helped me get myself up and not pull on her mouth. My trainer also put a neck rein on her (really she just tied a lead line around her neck), so I could pull myself up on that if I needed to.
Thank you again! :)
     
    06-30-2012, 01:00 PM
  #8
Yearling
Hehehe...if you were here, I'd let you take a spin on Huey - trotting him is like riding a trampoline...
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