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        07-13-2008, 11:48 AM
      #21
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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?
    Yeah. You don't want to just stand up when you post. When you feel the horse push you "up", you'll move your hips forward. Idk, kinda hard to explain, but try it when you try posting. Lol
         
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        07-13-2008, 09:23 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    It sometimes helps to think of it as a forward/back motion rather than up/down. At some point, you do not want to be posting from your feet/stirrups, but from your thigh. As said, you should be able to get to the point where you can do it without stirrups, but until you get the patter/motion of it down, it may be easier just to use your stirrups to help you.

    I don't think you put your foot in your mouth about not posting on trail - it is just a neat trick to be able to go long distances at the trot on trail without feeling like you are on a jack hammer. Yes, WP horses have a very sittable trot/jog, but when you get a horse out on trail, and they get their rhythm down, the jog is much quicker, and more of a pain to sit. :)
         
        07-14-2008, 12:41 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    ^^^ true, at a camp I went to the wouldn't let you post on the trail in a western saddle at all haha, but I did it anyway, because I was on a really really bumpy and super hyper horse, and to top it all of I had a really small really Hard saddle!! I felt that after the ride...

    About half way through I decided that I didn't care about their silly rule and I was going to Post and they couldn't do anything about it. Haha, I was dragging the trail ride anyway, so no one could see me

    Posting in a western saddle really does come in handy!
         
        07-14-2008, 07:42 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Alright, I just got back from my lesson, and my thighs are on
    FIRE!!!!!!!!
    I really think my practice posting did really well because my instructor was very impressed with how well I was doing.

    Thanks to everyone for their information and helpful hints.

    I wuv you guys. (hugs)
         

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