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live2ride8 03-13-2012 02:55 PM

Posting the running walk?
 
Sorry if this is a stupid question but I have never ridden a Tennessee Walking Horse and have been asked to excersise one for a friend. I ride hunt seat so I'm used to posting the trot and was wondering if I should post the running walk. I've heard it's smoother than the trot but I don't know much else. If you have any other tips for riding twhs I would love to hear them. Thanks in advanced!
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farmpony84 03-13-2012 03:00 PM

The teenager that rides my walker does post the running walk but it kind of looks uncomfortable for the horse and screws her gait up a bit.

Ink 03-13-2012 03:14 PM

If the horse is doing the running walk correctly, you won't be able to post to it. The running walk is a four beat gait just like the standard walk in non-gaited horses. Since only one foot is off the ground at a time, it's incredibly smooth. Notice how the rider in this video isn't moving at all:


It would essentially be like trying to post a walk on one of your hunter horses. Just make sure you keep them at a good four-beat rhythm and you'll be fine.

Ink 03-13-2012 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by farmpony84 (Post 1405502)
The teenager that rides my walker does post the running walk but it kind of looks uncomfortable for the horse and screws her gait up a bit.


OMG how? WHY! :shock:

Of the handful of walkers I've been one, their running walk was smoother than most horses regular walk. It's almost like you're just gliding along.

farmpony84 03-13-2012 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Ink (Post 1405547)
OMG how? WHY! :shock:

Of the handful of walkers I've been one, their running walk was smoother than most horses regular walk. It's almost like you're just gliding along.

She's hunt rider. The horse is very smooth and has a wonderful running walk but she is always posting to it and you can tell that it's not comfortable for the horse but the horse is so kind and sweet she just go's along with it...

themacpack 03-13-2012 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by farmpony84 (Post 1405572)
She's hunt rider. The horse is very smooth and has a wonderful running walk but she is always posting to it and you can tell that it's not comfortable for the horse but the horse is so kind and sweet she just go's along with it...

So, have you asked her not to do so since it is clearly uncomfortable for the horse?

farmpony84 03-13-2012 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by themacpack (Post 1405588)
So, have you asked her not to do so since it is clearly uncomfortable for the horse?

I have told her and she listens but then she forgets and she trots. I really think it's drilled into her mind but since she only riders her once or twice a month I can see why she forgets. She starts out sitting and half way through she starts posting. Sometimes she'll even forget and ask for a canter instead of her proper gait. She's not ignoring on purpose. She's a good kid.

Jacksmama 03-13-2012 04:55 PM

Not a stupid question live2ride, I've heard it before:) No need to post, just maintain proper position and enjoy the ride!

farmpony84 03-13-2012 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Jacksmama (Post 1405700)
Not a stupid question live2ride, I've heard it before:) No need to post, just maintain proper position and enjoy the ride!

And it's ok to let your legs slide forward towards or even a bit in front of the girth because of the side to side movement of the walker. That's how you ride them, a bit more forward.

live2ride8 03-13-2012 10:05 PM

Okay thank you everyone for the answers and tips! :) I really appreciate the advice ;)


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