Hey everyone! Welcome back to another post! Today’s post is on the topic of… posting. Posting is a very important aspect of riding at the trot, especially when riding English. Posting can be simple, if you do it right. So on the topic of posting today, I am going to share with you the 3 tips that I feel improved my posting, significantly. These are just 3 tips that I have learned throughout the time I have been riding. Now, remember, that many trainers might teach posting a little bit differently, but this is the way that I have been taught. I am sure that once you master these tips, trust me, your posting while riding will definitely improve. Enjoy the tips!
Tip #1: Don’t Lift Too High Off The Saddle
Now this tip, I find, is something every rider should follow. Imagine being able to fit only two pieces of paper underneath you when you post. You shouldn’t be able to fit a fist underneath yourself. So the whole moral of this tip is to not to lift very high out of the saddle, but only lift a very small amount. When we are posting, we do not want to be bouncing around on the saddle or on our horse’s backs just because we are posting too high.
It is also possible that we can slow our horses down by slowing our posting. What I have learned is that when we post really fast and high, we are basically just making our horses go faster because they are keeping up with our momentum and we are also partly trying to keep up with their fast pace. When we focus on slowing our posting down and controlling it, our horses learn to slow down as well. So make sure to engage your core and slow down your posting, only lifting slightly off the saddle. I am confident that will make a huge difference in both you and your horse!
Tip #2: Use your thighs
This tip is also important to improving your posting. When you are posting, make sure to USE your thighs for strength. Instead of lifting up off the saddle using your feet and stirrups, lift off of the saddle with your thighs. Not only will this help your posting, but I have to admit, it is a great leg workout too. So, while improving your posting, you are also toning those legs! 🙂 When I post, I make sure to squeeze my thighs when I lift. Using your thighs can also help you to not come up too high off the saddle. If you really want to strengthen your thighs while posting, you can even practice posting without stirrups while keeping posture and sitting up tall. This leads me into my last tip!
Tip #3: Sit up tall and keep your shoulders still
Lastly, when posting, make sure to sit up tall and keep your shoulders still. When I am riding, I also imagine a balloon tied to the top of my head lifting me, so I sit up tall. Try imagining this and it might remind you to sit up tall, regardless of if you are posting or not. Also, while posting, make sure to keep your shoulders STILL. Now, when I first started riding, I got into the habit of pumping with my shoulders if I was posting or cantering. Let me tell you, this is NOT a good habit! Now, I have finally broken it, but it definitely took a while. Please do not start this habit! Keep your shoulders still while you are posting. By lifting slightly off the saddle, this can also help keep your shoulders still, instead of bouncing around in the saddle.
I hope that you found these 3 tips helpful and I encourage you to practice them when you ride your horse next! All of these tips have definitely helped me, so I am positive they will help you as well. If you practice your posting skills this week, shoot me an email. Let me know how it is going and how you are improving! I love to chat with all of you! Until next time, don’t forget to hug your horse!
What is your secret to improving your posting?