Originally Posted by vivache
I was not saying that a straight post is good, but it's what you see in a western saddle to avoid hitting the horn. Also, you DO want a straight post in certain disciplines.
You can post, but not always effectively. It should have some forward motion, which may be blocked by the pommel
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The video wouldn't work. And when I say straight post I am meaning like practically standing in your stirrups ..extending the leg out and then bending..as if you were to do squats,ya know what I'm saying? I use to do this when I first was taught how but this one lady in a western saddle was riding and I asked for more help and she showed me a better way that I could understand and I kept practicing and I'm still working on it as I know sometimes my thighs get tired in the upper part...
I also have posted in a trail show and I placed second in one of the classes they had so I think it depends.I know that you aren't suppose to in western pleasure shows and what not and we can argue back and forth all night but I'm just saying that I have seen people effectively
post in a western saddle without the pommel and horn disturbing the motion.
Yes,it looks out of the norm. When you aren't use seeing it and some horses have a bouncy jog and it can hurt a person's lower back if they haven't effectively learned the sit jog/trot and I will admitt I'm not good at the sit jog/trot but I am still working on it and I'm getting a lot better.
And lets say ..a horse has a sensitive back. It would be better to post for the comfort of the horse and for riders as well.
I believe it depends on the speed of the jog as well.It's easier to sit when it's slow as it is more smooth than a fast jog. I think it depends on the rider and how experienced they are and the horse. I'm not saying I'm 100% for posting in a western saddle as if you are doing this discipline( I spelt that wrong I believe) and you want to show you want to and need to learn how to sit the jog but if you are just doing it for fun then why not?
And I'm not addressing this to only you,Vivache.