Critique on Nichole's Posting / Rising Trot Part 2 of 3
the riders position
Green denotes the would be change to be in balance
White dots are areas which are focus points or
The first thing I noticed when I looked at the
photo was the knee and below. As Nichole rises in the trot she uses
the stirrups / irons as a balancing point. This throws her balance off
and also reflects in the horses short movements (12 and
The green line down through the middle of the
photo would be the alignment of the body. For Nichole's lower
leg to be in alignment her ankle bone (white dot) would be on the green
line. It is also noticed that as Nichole rises her lower leg is taken
off the horses vertical side which also acts as a pinching effect on the
knee. If we took the horse out from under Nichole would she stay vertical or
would she fall on her face. Learning to post in balance without
the use of weight of the stirrups, Nichole can do an exercise on the
ground. This exercise I will call Wall Posting. When we learn to
post correctly we can post without stirrups or the use of a saddle.
What does a fluid posting trot look and feel like? Check out the
Posting Trot page.
As we look at the white dots of the ear, shoulder
hip alignment we see that the shoulders and hips are fairly vertical but
from the head to the shoulders it is tilted forward (red line). When
she opens up her chest / upper body area she will automatically reposition
the head to the vertical position as explained in number 7 on the previous
photo. If we could think of the abdomen region as the leader of the
forward energy and balance, the posting would become in tune.
Here's another example of lower arm energy and
where it points to with the red line. A positive aspect though
is that when she rises in the trot she does not
use the reins as a balancing aid.
The red square shows how the horses legs are
positioned and area of movement. And behind the horses buttocks
The green square would be where the horses back
legs should be positioned if he was moving freely. The green line
denotes an approximate of how the leg would come under the barrel more if
not more than shown.
The red square shows how the front legs are
moving short. The inside leg (as for this example) steps as if he were
standing squarely and the outside leg steps short.
If the inside leg were to move freely the
leg would move under the girth more and the outside leg would reach