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post #11 of 12 Old 05-29-2010, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Cougar
What also helps you to post smaller and slower is counting out loud to yourself. It may make you feel silly but it's really helpful in the starting stages when you are trying to break an old habit. Five years ago I was working on this with Cougar and I felt pretty goofy. It worked.
If you can't seem to keep the count right, fill your ipod or whatever with songs that have the count you want... Corb Lund's music I think would work well...

Devil's Best Dress, for instance, has a rocking momentum to it that makes me think of a canter. Hard on Equipment makes me think of my horses trot. lol. I Wanna Be In the Cavalry has a slower 2 beat.

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post #12 of 12 Old 05-30-2010, 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve View Post
What Spyder said. She knows her stuff.

I just want to add, POST SMALLER! Honestly, most every rider will post HUGE while trotting, which just encourages more movement from your horse while also throwing your lower leg off balance. So use your thigh muscles and post SMALL, your crotch should NOT come above the pommel of your saddle. Calm your mind, give her a little half-halt, and slow YOUR rhythm down.

Exactly, I always tell students to think about posting only an inch out of the saddle. You'll obviously post a little higher, but it really makes you think and slow down.

As you slow down your post, the horse will slow down with you.

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