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    07-11-2008, 04:35 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Okay, so I'm still not quite grasping HOW you post in a western saddle, or any saddle for that matter.

Stand and let the horses memento push you upward?
     
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    07-11-2008, 05:31 PM
  #12
Showing
I think it depends on horse a lot. My qh is smooth so there is no big need to post. But paint gives me a bumpy ride, so I DO post in western saddle. Also it works nice to slow down the horse.
     
    07-11-2008, 05:45 PM
  #13
Yearling
When you are trotting you will fell a point of suspension, that's you getting bumped up by the horse, what you do, is instead of bracing against that you start to push with it, a tiny bit before the bump happens that way its picking your bum out of the saddle a little, the horses bounce will help push you up, then you will peak, be standing up in your stirrups and then you ease back into the saddle on the off beat. Try to lift yourself when the horses outside shoulder goes forward.
     
    07-11-2008, 05:55 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Go up when his outside (rail) shoulder goes forward... it helps to say (one, two, one, two; or up, down, up, down)
     
    07-11-2008, 05:56 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Abby
When you are trotting you will fell a point of suspension, that's you getting bumped up by the horse, what you do, is instead of bracing against that you start to push with it, a tiny bit before the bump happens that way its picking your bum out of the saddle a little, the horses bounce will help push you up, then you will peak, be standing up in your stirrups and then you ease back into the saddle on the off beat. Try to lift yourself when the horses outside shoulder goes forward.
Outside shoulder, so the shoulder that is nearest to the rail or the shoulder that is toward the inside of the arena? Im sorry, over all your post made a lot of sense to me.
     
    07-11-2008, 05:58 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by mlkarel2010
go up when his outside (rail) shoulder goes forward... it helps to say (one, two, one, two; or up, down, up, down)
LOL You answered my question, thank you!!!

I wonder if practicing on a balance ball would help?! Haha
     
    07-11-2008, 05:59 PM
  #17
Started
At first, yeah, you maybe doing a whole lot of standing in the stirrups when first mastering the posting trot but as you have more practice and your muscles are used to it, the correct way is not to stand in your stirrups on the "up" phase of posting.

When you sit to the trot, there's a point when you can feel the horse's movement pushing your hips forward and a bit up. That's the movement from the horse that you'll use to "push" you up into the posting trot. You should only be moving from mid thigh to your hips during posting and your upper body should be inclined slightly forward. When the horse brings you "up", you will move your hips forward. Just don't create a straight line through your leg when you are in the "up" phase of posting. That's why you'll only be moving from your mid thighs to your hips.

The more you practice at it and let the horse do the work for you, posting will be something that just comes natural to you when trotting and will be extremely easy if done right.

Good luck and let us know how things are going!!
     
    07-11-2008, 06:23 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Alright, so I just tried it on the balance ball, and to me, it feels good, although you don't have the impulsion like you would on a horse, you kind of have to imagine it yourself. But I can already feel it in my thighs lol.

If you sit squarely on the balance ball your legs are bent at the 90 degree angle you would on a horse, almost, and your feet are planted on the ground, so wouldn't that be ideal foot positioning for how they should be in the stirrups? Anyway, I started bouncing up and down, and on the 2 count, I would squeeze and raise myself, like I would imagine I would on the horse. To help keep my hands still, I stole my son's little wooden chair and put that in front of me to rest my hands on, not to pull myself up on. Possible good way to practice the post?
     
    07-11-2008, 09:49 PM
  #19
Super Moderator
Lots of good advice there! LOL... posting, in the begining is really hard for some reason and then it becomes almost second nature... I do EVERYTHING in my western saddle. I use my english saddle on show days only... I'm so totally into my work saddle.. it's so comfy cosy. I post and 2 point and do trotting poles... I don't like to jump in it but I geuss I will....

My only add on to all the great advice is roll into the post. Like, work on keeping your lower leg in place and roll into the post, don't stand into it if that makes sense.........
     
    07-12-2008, 11:01 PM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by farmpony84
Lots of good advice there! LOL... posting, in the begining is really hard for some reason and then it becomes almost second nature... I do EVERYTHING in my western saddle. I use my english saddle on show days only... I'm so totally into my work saddle.. it's so comfy cosy. I post and 2 point and do trotting poles... I don't like to jump in it but I geuss I will....

My only add on to all the great advice is roll into the post. Like, work on keeping your lower leg in place and roll into the post, don't stand into it if that makes sense.........
Roll your hips into the post?
     

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