feet jerk forward when posting? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 32Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 43 Old 05-09-2017, 09:28 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 7,213
• Horses: 2
Yes, it takes time, and muscle memory. You will get it eventually, but it's much too soon for you to have high expectations of getting everything right.
Acadianartist is online now  
post #12 of 43 Old 05-09-2017, 11:19 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Posts: 12,076
• Horses: 4
If the balance is right, it is easy:



Harry Chamberlin, Riding and Schooling Horses

There are two ways of staying balanced over your stirrups: bringing your heels back under your hip, or moving your body forward over your heels. Either allows you to post by unfolding your body instead of needing to thrust forward:



From Jane Savoie's Cross Train Your Horse
redshepherd likes this.

Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"
bsms is offline  
post #13 of 43 Old 05-09-2017, 11:32 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 1,287
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodhaven View Post
^^^^
Try to just go with the horse, don't make a conscious effort to rise in the saddle, just try to wait and let the horse lift you as he strides forward and try to let your legs relax as much as possible.

Sounds tough but it will come with practice. I find most people starting try too hard to lift themselves out of the saddle, if you are really having trouble, can you take hold of the pommel of the saddle with one hand to steady yourself, or maybe try a lunge line lesson to get the feel of the trot.

You'll get there!

This!!!! Strength has nothing to do with posting. Developing rhythm and allowing the horse to push you out of the saddle is what you are aiming for. Your goal is not to rise 6 inches out of the saddle, you are simple "breaking the bump" and 1" or less is not only less work but is correct equitation. You aren't going to learn this immediately after only 3 lessons. It takes time, practice, balance and stability.


When horses were used as transportation, people posted for miles and miles to be more comfortable and not use up energy so let the horse's motion do the work.
Chasin Ponies is offline  
post #14 of 43 Old 05-09-2017, 12:42 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 16,661
• Horses: 1
Just go with the rhythm of the horse. Don't overthink it. You don't have to post huge either. Try no-stirrup work, it will really help. :)
Woodhaven likes this.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is offline  
post #15 of 43 Old 05-09-2017, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 23
• Horses: 0
These tips help a lot guys, thanks! I kind of wish my instructor could tell me these things in the specifics like this. I felt kind of lost whether I'm even riding correctly or not, and I don't want to start getting muscle memory doing things incorrectly, which happens easily in sports.

Definitely going to record a video this time to see.
Acadianartist likes this.

While they might not always be right, and you might not always agree, you can still find lessons to be learned from just about everyone.
redshepherd is offline  
post #16 of 43 Old 05-09-2017, 04:05 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,717
• Horses: 0
Right now I am recovering from a knee injury and thought that I might have trouble posting when I started riding again but because I don't work at it and let the horse do most of the lift from the saddle I had no problem trotting but I could trot for about 3/4m and it was ok. But I let the horse push me up and I don't rise far out of the saddle so it's not work for me, this is my opinion not the horse's.
Acadianartist likes this.
Woodhaven is offline  
post #17 of 43 Old 05-09-2017, 05:10 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Palmer Lake CO
Posts: 1,470
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by redshepherd View Post
These tips help a lot guys, thanks! I kind of wish my instructor could tell me these things in the specifics like this.
Hi Red!

What others have said. I like to set my stirrups to where my butt just clears the seat when I stand in them, and let the motion of the trot raise me into the post. It's almost effortless once you get it dialed in. Watch a good rider at a trot, and you will have to look closely to see them post; it's that subtle.

I will add one sorta off-topic tidbit, tho, inspired by your above comment:

In general it's kind of important that an instructor be able to explain things in a manner that the student can comprehend. Especially at the introduction of a new concept. Sometimes, this requires backing up and taking a different approach, or even an allegory. I have found over the years that this ability only comes with a thorough understanding of the subject matter; at least many college-level instructors struggle with this simply because they do not have a good grasp of the material. (Sad to say, but there it is.) Also, sometimes instructor and student just don't click, and this can really hinder the learning process.

It's very early in your riding career, but if this continues to be a problem, you might want to try a different instructor to get another perspective on the matter.

Steve

Steve Jernigan KG0MB
Microelectronics Research
University of Colorado
george the mule is online now  
post #18 of 43 Old 05-09-2017, 07:50 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 2,246
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chasin Ponies View Post
This!!!! Strength has nothing to do with posting. Developing rhythm and allowing the horse to push you out of the saddle is what you are aiming for. Your goal is not to rise 6 inches out of the saddle, you are simple "breaking the bump" and 1" or less is not only less work but is correct equitation. You aren't going to learn this immediately after only 3 lessons. It takes time, practice, balance and stability.


When horses were used as transportation, people posted for miles and miles to be more comfortable and not use up energy so let the horse's motion do the work.
Core strength is necessary to hold your body/legs in the correct position though (all gaits, not just posting). I agree that posting itself shouldn't be difficult or tiring once you get good at the timing and balance.

Quote:
Originally Posted by redshepherd View Post
These tips help a lot guys, thanks! I kind of wish my instructor could tell me these things in the specifics like this. I felt kind of lost whether I'm even riding correctly or not, and I don't want to start getting muscle memory doing things incorrectly, which happens easily in sports.
Your instructor can't have you work on everything at once. You are just beginning. In time, it will all come together! :)
tinyliny and Acadianartist like this.
Jan1975 is offline  
post #19 of 43 Old 05-10-2017, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 23
• Horses: 0
I got the effortless feeling today with posting, thankfully! These tips in this thread helped a lot. I had a different instructor today and she kept saying that my feet are too far forward, but I still feel like I can't stand up properly if my feet aren't that far forward. I took a video today and they really ARE pretty far forward. She also said maybe the saddle doesn't fit me and makes me sit wrong, so that's alright.

I'm kind of in a sour mood with the new instructor, because she was strict and frustrated with me, telling me to do things I don't have any idea about yet. And getting frustrated if I don't do them correctly. And it just so happened that my lesson horse was in a mood today and being disobedient, since I haven't got a good idea of how to "take control" of a horse (I still have no idea), so that didn't help me either. The instructor kept saying "Amber has taken control." (say the horse's name is Amber) and telling me to "take control", but I have no idea what that means or what to do. I also kept looking down at the floor in front of us instead of forward, which subconsciously makes me feel more secure and is just something I need to learn not to do, but THAT seemed to tick the instructor off too and she says was apparently a reason Amber wouldn't listen to me. This lesson kind of turned me off to the whole thing LOL.

Maybe she only usually coaches people with more experience than me. She's subbing for my usual instructor. I had told her that this is just my 4th lesson.

Just venting here, since it's a follow up anyway. :\
Acadianartist likes this.

While they might not always be right, and you might not always agree, you can still find lessons to be learned from just about everyone.

Last edited by redshepherd; 05-10-2017 at 06:20 PM.
redshepherd is offline  
post #20 of 43 Old 05-10-2017, 06:55 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Palmer Lake CO
Posts: 1,470
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by redshepherd View Post
I got the effortless feeling today with posting, thankfully! These tips in this thread helped a lot. I had a different instructor today and she kept saying that my feet are too far forward, but I still feel like I can't stand up properly if my feet aren't that far forward. I took a video today and they really ARE pretty far forward. She also said maybe the saddle doesn't fit me and makes me sit wrong, so that's alright.
Well, in the end, _you_ have to be comfortable with what you're doing, _not_ your instructor. That said, saddle fit is very important, both for horse, _and_ rider. If she can't offer anything helpful, tell her to go find you another saddle that fits; it's your $$$.

Quote:
Originally Posted by redshepherd View Post
I'm kind of in a sour mood with the new instructor, because she was strict and frustrated with me, telling me to do things I don't have any idea about yet. This lesson kind of turned me off to the whole thing LOL.
Sigh. Riding is supposed to be fun. If your instructor is being incomprehensible / unhelpful, just tune her out, and Ride On. These things rarely come overnight, and it takes practice, not being chastised.

Steve Jernigan KG0MB
Microelectronics Research
University of Colorado
george the mule is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Told to Ride with Feet Far Forward? WolfsongStorm Trail Riding 25 05-09-2016 01:30 AM
My feet keep slipping forward in stirrups Glenormiston Horse Talk 17 07-17-2015 07:39 AM
new rider, trouble with my feet alignment during posting OCcat Horse Riding & Horse Activity 12 07-24-2012 05:01 PM
Posting off my feet coffeemama English Riding 9 02-04-2012 12:02 PM
how to stop posting with my feet Rachel1786 English Riding 11 02-23-2011 09:10 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome