Stretches and Exercises to help with posting!
Does anyone know and stretches or exercises to help with posting? I am a new rider and I have been trying to get my posting down but it's not coming as well as I want it too. I don't have a horse to practice on since I am just taking lessons right now so it is kind of hard to practice my posting with out a horse but any type of stretches or exercises will be great! :D Thanks!
I use a video with a balance ball, the video that I use is for horse back riding but I would assume you could just use the big balance ball. They actually have a posting excercise on the video.
Let me see if I can find the website for you ....
Fun Strength and Balance Video For Horseback Riding!
This is actually the video that I have , hope this info helps...
I like this question, I find just stretching your legs before hand by doing 'butterfly stretch' and also, standing on the stairs with the balls of your feet on the step, and stretching your akilis tendon that way seems to help me. Just do lots of leg excersizes to build muscle.
If you can make it out to the gym, lifting weights and running helps with your leg strength. :P
I totally feel your pain. I just got my first horse and until recently posting was the bane of my existence. In the last couple of weeks it is coming a lot easier and I'll share a couple of things I have noticed that I think are helping. First, you have to not think about it so hard. This is a huge one, really don't over-think and it becomes easier. Let your horse push you up and you just concentrate on not slamming into his back. For me the easiest way to start feeling this was to have someone lunge him so that I only had to think about my balance.
The other thing lunging helps is that it keeps him moving better. I was amazed at how much easier it was to post and be "with the horse" when he had a nice forward moving trot (which is SO hard to get when you're riding because it is hard to squeeze and steer and try to learn to post all at once!). If you can't have someone lunge you, carry a dressage whip to help with forward motion. My guy just needs to know I have it, I never even use it on him and he is much more forward.
good luck and stick with it, I know it is frustrating but at some point it all starts clicking and you'll wonder why you had such a hard time with it in the first place!
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