hi--got to ride cricket today, only up to a trot to learn "posting". it's kind of like counter acting the bounce to move smoother with the horse. hard to do. anyways, bouncing around a bit helps loosen me up. My daughter is riding diamond and gets to go faster, at a lope. no fair.--nicolo
hahah you'll get there too! I've been riding since I was 12 (23now) and I currently ride at the walk and trot only at all of my lessons, i'm "rebuilding" my balance after a bad fall. I will say i can't wait to get back up to the canter though! Hopefully soon for both of us! Haha once you get the hang of posting, you'll think you were crazy to ever sit there and get bounced around. well unless the horse has a gentle trot. You'll like it better if the horse's trot is bouncy. I rode one that was like riding a broken pogo stick hehe.
hi--thanks! yeah i'll "get" there i guess. cricket is bouncy at a trot. thing is, when i try to one thing (heels down or something) i do something else wrong (legs too straight)lol! or i lean back too much, or foward too much or arms too high or too low. i wore the skin off the inside of my legs trying to roll hips foward, etc. etc. one day it will all click and feel natural, but right now i'm happy to bounce. i did sneak a bit and put her in high gear and it's more comfortable and i feel better balance but that was only for a short straight run, just a few seconds. when i think about it, it seems i won't be doing much trotting--mostly trail riding or going fast for fun. i don't see myself trotting around much for any reason.--nicolo
hi Cetan, i've never tried an english saddle. i think maybe they want me to learn posting because it helps develop balance or such. we are getting to the point where we need to buy a saddle. i've looked at some on the web and really don't know a thing, but some of the english look lighter and comfortable. i'm kind of thin and don't have much padding. i haven't had a chance to really try different saddles, bareback was the most comfortable but i didn't try posting, i don't know if i could.so far it's all been good fun.--nicolo
it is possible to post with no saddle, just harder. I have to do it with no sturrips all the time, my legs burn sssooo bad after! I actually find Western saddles much more comfy than English. English saddles aren't terrible but there's nothing to hang on to and nothing to stop you from sliding off the front or back of the saddle (i've done both lol). Cetan: Posting is better for the horse's back, you aren't thumping around up there that way. i post in both western and english tack. The only time i don't post if the horse "paces" instead of a bouncy trot.
hi--that makes sense to me--better for the horse's back. she did ride faster when i tried. i've got a sore spot from the stirrup on one foot too! maybe that's why they wear boots mostly.thanks,--nicolo