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post #1 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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slowing your posting down??????

Im having trouble slowing my posting down! xD lol See Im used of riding a fast horse as in a very fast extended trot. But at my barn I've been put on a new horse that is a westurn pleasure horse so her gaits are nice and slow. The only problem is she loves to go fast so I have to slow down with my posting. I dont know why but I cant seem to do that and when i do try i just end up sitting tow counts and changing my posting diagonal to the wrong one and that doesnt help!
So if you have any suggestion I would love to hear them thx =)
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 06:39 PM
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I would say in the interest of training and keeping the horse to an appropriate speed don't worry about being on the correct diagonal. If you focus soley on the speed you are posting and get used to doing it slower, then go back to worrying about diagonal. Correct diagonals are a showy english thing that when carried over to western are fine but you shouldn't worry about them, especially when sacrificing a horses WP training.
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First if you are riding this horse western then you should not be posting and if you are that is what is causing the horse to speed up. I use posting on my horses to work on speed control. Simple answer is stop posting and sit the trot like you should be doing in western and the horse will slow down.

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Here's a good question for you. Are you trying to make the horse jog, or trot? Theres a big difference, especially in speed. Every western horse Ive ridden can trot and jog under saddle, there's no reason you can't post if you are asking for a trot. Sitting a trot isn't always practical or comfortable. A jog is something that is meant to be sat.
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I have long since pretty much given up on trying to post as a training tool. In western I don't post at all unless I'm trying to get the horse extend and stretch itself. After all, you really aren't supposed to post in western, are you?
On trail rides, endurance riding, cross country, I post "randomly", usually 2 up - 2 down to keep up my energy etc.
In english I usually post as a way to get the horse moving in a correct way -- much like in western.
If I'm riding a really slow and "sticky" horse, I post to get it moving better. If I'm riding bareback on a nervy horse, I post to get him/her think and slow down: posting randomly really throws most horses!

Are you trying to train the horse to trot slow/jog slow? If so, don't post, just sit deep and look down and close(r).
If you want to post and find it difficult to keep the correct rhythm, chances are that your horse isn't moving forward enough. If that's the trouble, try getting the horse in the fastest possible trot without leaving you behind: it doesn't matter if it's quick and short, on the contrary. Then, start to post slow and don't worry about getting the correct diagonal every time: it doesn't matter that much unless you're riding a lot of trot and on a circle. When you sit down, try to sit deep and heavy. If you sit two, it's okay. Rather sit 2, 3 or even 4 steps than be on your stirrups more than one: it slows the horse better.
You can also try posting two steps at a time, but I find that less effective than "sitting two standing one" when it comes to speed control.

But the best way to slow down your own pace? Sit deep when you sit; don't "stand" when you post: rather move your pelvis just slightly up and forward by crunching you butt muscles tighter; breathe; think; count slow one-two-one-two; don't think what the horse is doing with its legs; don't worry about keeping the correct diagonal; practice, practice, practice.

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone but yes my trainer makes me post in western and I have to be on the corect diagonal. And I cant really train her like I want cause she's not mine. So I just need tips on how to slow down my posting. Thanks again!! =)
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Oh, alright, I somehow got the idea that the horse is new (just started/green), not new to you. I think I might be a bit slow... Heh.

In your situation I'd be very mindful of my own position. Not rising too high and not leaning forward too much. And not sitting down too lightly either: really sit down instead of keeping your weight on the stirrups. Try to relax and try not to apply pressure with your thighs, knees or legs.
I find it easier to post in western if you think that you are pushing the saddle away from you rather than raising yourself out of it. If you push against the stirrups and keep your knees and thighs clear from the horse when you're going up and sit deep when you're down, I find it makes you slower without even trying too much. Combined with breathing and counting, I think you'll be on your way to a slower pace.

And on somewhat a tangent, I remember when I went from riding Shetland ponies to riding big horses (warmbloods etc.)... It was so surreal. The posting felt like a completely different sport! But it didn't take too long to get the hang of it when I learned to just relax and wait.
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Okay, I'm only going to say this if you all don't laugh at me :)

I have always had the HARDEST time slowing my post down to slow horses down, somehow my mind/body can't comprehend going against the horse to do this. Therefore instead of going against the horses beat I go with another beat...

You can either count it in your head 1,2..1,2..1,2..Up,down..up/down..up/down. or use some sort of rhyme/song. Silly enough I always chose the spanish alphabet, no clue why but it works for me. So when the horse is going to fast you can hear me under my breath going thru the alphabet. It works for me, just an idea for you!

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-12-2010, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thats exacly what happen to me my body/mind wont fallow anything else but the horses rythum!!!!! Its annoying!! lol thanks for your suggestions i will defently try them :)
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