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        07-28-2013, 11:01 PM
    First, learn how to sit it yourself if you want better, quicker results, on a horse that is already trained to do so. I learned it just from lots and lots of riding on my gelding who is bred to have nice western pleasure gaits, not that he always does them, but he has the talent naturally. I use a regular snaffle, and lightly put pressure on one rein at a time, rhythmically, and lean back and say easy. Do this until the horse slows down, then let them on a loose rein. Once they get it, move on to the trot and do the same thing. (You can play with the walk until they are just barely poking along.) You have to be able to sit the trot when teaching them, no matter how fast they are going. Don't hold hard on the mouth, use your seat, and be clear with your commands. This is the method I use, but I've also heard of putting your horse out on a circle, and if they go fast, pull them into smaller and smaller circles until they slow down then letting them go out in the bigger circles. If they get fast again, pull them back in. Keep repeating until they figure it out. I've seen it used effectively, but I've never done it. If you're really interested in learning more, take some lessons and have fun with it. It's always nice to venture into different disciplines every once and a while. Really diversifies your riding abilities. Right now I am looking to start dressage lessons, and I think I'm going to in for a work out, but it would be worth it to improve myself. Good luck, and happy riding.
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        10-18-2013, 10:08 PM
    I ride a little of everything. I sometimes post, sometimes don't. My horse's normal trot is smooooth so I don't really need to. In the pleasure classes, yes, you are supposed to sit and there's no need to post anyway! A good WP jog is smooth and very easy to sit. It's a lovely thing.
        10-18-2013, 10:34 PM
    There's a common misconception that you cannot post in a western saddle. You can, in fact, post. I post quite a bit, and then sit and expect my horse to come back to a slow jog.

    However, you should NEVER post the jog, especially in a show. Even the extended jog should not be posted.
        11-03-2013, 08:21 PM
    You can't really post to a true jog.
        12-15-2013, 06:50 PM
    You have to sit. I hold myself up so it looks like im softy on the saddle when I ride.. Good luck :)
        12-25-2013, 05:35 PM
    Even though your horses may not give you a nice slow jog you can use that to practice your sitting trot. Sit up very straight with a slight arch to your back, relax your waist and use the area right above your hips as the body's shock absorber. Everywhere else on your body should be very still. When you need a
    break, go ahead and post. There is nothing wrong with it for casual riding!
        12-27-2013, 10:52 AM
    I have a western pleasure Arabian. I've been showing western for a year now and show bigger shows. With all my show experience I've noticed tips and tricks for the jog. First, move your hips side to side with the movement of your horse so each stride your horse takes you should move side to side. This helps slow your horse down if done correctly! If you slow your hip movement it will make your horse feel uncomfortable and match your pace! I wish you luck!
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