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post #11 of 44 Old 03-31-2016, 09:28 PM
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I def have a hard time sitting. I love sitting without stirrups ! :)

But hate posting without stirrups. Ha! Shows how much of a crutch those suckers can be.
Same here...while sitting, the stirrups seem to make it harder. Posting, I need those guys. The first time my instructor asked me to post w/out stirrups, I literally thought she was trying to be funny.
Goodness yes ! She asked me to post at the standstill without stirrups. I'm like alright I'm game. A minute later my mind is still trying SOOOO hard to concentrate on moving, but I literally did not move an ounce. Somehow my groin and core and inside thigh muscles were spasming but I didn't move! I can bob my shoulders forward pretty good though =|


I'll take sitting trot without anytime ! Ha.
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What I found a bit misleading is people telling me to relax.you don't relax like a rag doll. You use your core muscles to follow the rhythm AND you squeeze your gluteal and thigh muscles in the same rhythm. The gluteal muscles act like shock absorbers in that case.
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The woman who owned the riding school I grew up at would never let anyone post to the trot until they had a very good sitting trot. Once a novice rider knows how to rise they find the sitting trot harder.
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One way of grasping it is instead of thinking a lack of rise, think dropping the hip instead. Effectively it is a motion almost like gently jogging on the spot, in time to the movement of the horses rear legs.
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And see, as someone who doesn't know how to post and rides western, I'm kind of like, "isn't sitting natural?" I don't know how to do it any other way!

I can't grasp how posting would be easier. Probably because I never had english lessons.

Foxhunter is probably right. It might be better to learn the sitting trot first, if posting spoils you for learning how to sit the trot.

I'm just sort of like, "posting looks hard, lol!" I've tried it a few times and it didn't work out.
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And see, as someone who doesn't know how to post and rides western, I'm kind of like, "isn't sitting natural?" I don't know how to do it any other way!

I can't grasp how posting would be easier. Probably because I never had english lessons.

Foxhunter is probably right. It might be better to learn the sitting trot first, if posting spoils you for learning how to sit the trot.

I'm just sort of like, "posting looks hard, lol!" I've tried it a few times and it didn't work out.
I don't have all that much experience western, but aren't the horses typically much more comfortable in trot than English? I've ridden some dressage horses which were nearly impossible to sit unless collected.
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I don't have all that much experience western, but aren't the horses typically much more comfortable in trot than English? I've ridden some dressage horses which were nearly impossible to sit unless collected.
I can't really answer that as I've never ridden any of the big-moving type dressage horses.

Mustangs, QH's, Arabians, and Foxtrotters, that's pretty much what I've ridden. My Mustang did have the best trot when he was collected up though. I think most horses are smoother collected up just a bit.


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I can't really answer that as I've never ridden any of the big-moving type dressage horses.

Mustangs, QH's, Arabians, and Foxtrotters, that's pretty much what I've ridden. My Mustang did have the best trot when he was collected up though. I think most horses are smoother collected up just a bit.
Certainly, I'm just thinking that it's not really practical to go about chasing cows for hours and fiddle with collection... Shows you how much I know about western when all I can think of is chasing cows

I have ridden western horses (QHs) on a few occasions but my sample is not big enough to draw any conclusions. They all were very comfortable.
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One good tip is to imagine pedaling a bike backwards, sounds odd, but it actually helps, keep feet and lower legs still obviously but think about what your butt would be doing if you were pedalling backwards.
That tip also helped me a lot when trying to learn to sit the trot well. Yes, it's a lot different sitting a western jog or even a horse trotting that was bred to be a flatter type mover versus a big trotter like a Friesian.
Another thing that helps me is to realize the motion is very similar to posting, without the rise. If you feel the two beats of the gait, you plan to be "down" on both beats rather than rising up for one. This is accomplished by pushing each leg down slightly with the down beat (like backward pedaling), which counteracts the upward push the horse gives you. It's a lateral motion.
Posting is up and forward, sitting trot is up on one side, down on the other with your pelvis.
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Off topic, this lateral pelvis/weight movement can also help a person two point very easily for a long period of time.
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I don't chase cows either, lol!

I've probably just never ridden a really "big moving" horse. I've ridden some rough ones, but not the way I would imagine a dressage horse would be. And actually, don't they pretty much sit the trot? Or do they post? It seems like I picture dressage being ridden sitting the trot. Hmm.


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