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post #1 of 14 Old 11-04-2015, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Need some tips on posting

Trying to learn. Find it hard and too exhausting. Please give some practical tips on posting
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-04-2015, 10:53 PM
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-04-2015, 11:24 PM
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sometimes if your horse is not moving with much energy, it makes posting harder, and more exhausting.

horse needs to be moving with enough energy to help you get up and off his back.

want to post a video of you posting?
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-04-2015, 11:30 PM
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Fact: it IS hard and exhausting at first, because you don't have your muscles built up. So that doesn't mean you are doing it all wrong.

Some things that help me:
1. Count. "one two one two one two" in the tempo you want your horse to go. Even silently, it helps.
2. think "deep and narrow" -- every time you sit, think "deep" -- sink into your horse. Every time you rise, think "narrow" -- not tight, but narrow.
3. think of sitting down in the exact same spot on the saddle every time. Like you are sitting on a dime sized spot.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-05-2015, 07:22 AM
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the video that tihannah posted is good! it kinda just goes through all the basics. if your first learning though, do not pay attention to diagnals. you should just get the basic movement down first. counting is also very helpful, "one two one two.." with the horses motion. i also found it very helpful when my trainer counted to me, instead of me counting myself - it was just one less thing for me to really think about. you kind of just really have to feel it and go with the motion of the horse. i assume you have a trainer or someone more experienced helping you? could they put you on a lunge line so that way then you only have to concentrate on posting, not where the horse is going and everything else? was also very helpful for me to watch other riders. just watch them while they ride and really pay attention to what there doing and how there riding.
it will feel weird and be hard at first. just dont try to over do it or over exaggerate it. the post is really just a small motion. you should stay close to the saddle, have the same height of post, and hit the same spot in the saddle each time. while your first learning though you are expected to be bouncy, rise really high one time and then barely at all the next. also, every rider has there "posting epiphany" as my trainer calls it, one day it will just click and they will get it and be good forever. it just takes a lot of time and practice. my friends little sister finally just got it, it took her over at least six months of weekly lessons (shes only 6 though). it does take some people longer then others. just take your time and think about it, but make sure your not over thinking it either and getting yourself frustrated.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-05-2015, 11:06 AM
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If your center of gravity is over your stirrups, it will be much easier. Also, remember that your horse doesn't care if your crotch is 0.5" or 6" above the back, as long as it is above the back. Let the horse's motion move you up, but with some horses that may only be 1/2" - and that is OK. When learning the basic motion, don't worry about diagonals. That can follow when you have the basics down. IMHO.

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post #7 of 14 Old 11-05-2015, 11:18 AM
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Sit the walk and the trot without stirrups. Although it may not make sense, sitting deep and learning the follow the horse's motion and to relax so that you sink into the sitting trot, will teach you to post the trot. In fact, If I was you instructor, I wouldn't let you post until you could sit the trot reliably withOUT your stirrups. That way, I would know that you had established your balance, and could resist the human temptation to curl up into the fetal position when the horse did something scary. Once you learn you can also train yourself to post the correct diagonal by feel, too.
Posting the trot came from people who rode the lead horse on the 6-horse team that pulled the London mail, also known as the "Post," hence the funny name. It was easier to sit every other stride and 1/2 sit, or partially stand the next one. Sit, stand, sit, stand, etc. That is ALL there is to it. There are show styles which differ, but the basics are as I described.

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post #8 of 14 Old 11-05-2015, 12:02 PM
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Avna, just curious---what is meant by "narrow" in your post?
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-05-2015, 01:06 PM
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Most beginners find it hard to post because they're not rising and falling with the horses stride. Watching the shoulders can start a bad habit of looking down all the time so get someone to call 'up/down' to you in time with the strides
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-05-2015, 07:43 PM
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It's hard when you're learning, but now I do it without even realizing! The way I learned to post was on a mare with a jackhammer trot. She takes short, quick steps, and in turn is roughhh. I would grip with my knees, steady my hands, and start posting like crazy to match her stride. The easiest way for me was to place my hands by her neck, and try to get my diagonal. It helped me focus on the rise and fall. I would drop my heels, hold tight, and just go. It gets easier, I promise!
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