Posting is a word I would rather
use than Rising. When we think of rising we think of going straight
up. This is not the true application that we would do on a horse and be
effective and balanced with the horse.
When a horse trots the leg not
only lifts off the ground but also moves forward. When a rider sits on the
horse we need to become aware of how the horse shifts the body. How the muscles
and bones move.
When a horse trots they travel in a
diagonal. If the one front leg is forward then the other side in the hind
will be forward. And the other front leg will be back with the hind of the
other side back.
As the horse trots we want
to post as if we were rocking with our thighs and pelvis. When we are in a
rocker we do not go straight up. We do however go from the flat to a
forward some what higher stance. The horses is the momentum which allows us to
The rider needs to be a the
height of the post when the outside front leg is a the maximum distance forward
which would also be when the hind inside leg is the furthers forward. If
you need to figure out the rhythm of when to post you can glance down with
the eyes only to see when the outside fore is forward. But do not move
your head down as that will put you out of balance. As you get the hang of
it you can feel how the horses back is coming up and the hind inside is coming
The feet have the most weight of
the body as it is the closest to the ground holding the rest of the body above
it so we have a natural "anchor". What disturbs the anchor
is lack of breathing, stiff joints and muscles, and the balance being top heavy
instead of in the abdomen area and down through the leg.
So how do we position
our body when we get in the saddle ? (check list)
Sit in the
saddle with the our body aligned.
Stand straight up in
Now rotate your hips
inwards by rotating your legs and feet inward .
Now the tricky part sit
back in the saddle without losing that rotation.
You will be in the
saddle correctly when your thigh feels as if it is spiraled.
The bulk of the thigh
will be behind your center line (or the bone) of the thigh.
If you want to make
sure you are still spiraled when you did so standing, take both feet out of
the stirrups, then take them a little ways out (side ways) from the horse
and rotate your leg so the foot is parallel with the horses
Then bring your feet
back into the stirrups / irons without losing that rotation.
Did you notice that the
seem of your pants is curving inward from hip center to front of knee?
Are you still aligned
from ear to ankle? Remember if your horse all of a sudden was taken out from
under you would you fall on your back because your feet were in front of you
and your upper body tilted back from your center of gravity, would you land
with your body upright or would you fall on your face because your
feet were behind and your upper body were in front of your center of
Ok now I'm ready to get
this posting conquered
First you will have
wanted to do the ground exercise "The Wall Post" to learn how to
use your hips and knee joints before trying in the saddle.
As you sit in the
saddle with the check list ok'ed , and as your horse is standing still take
your hand starting as the center of your thigh and spiral it in forward and
slightly downward toward your inner thigh. This will give you the feeling of
what you need to feel when posting.
The thigh will roll
like a ball forward over the saddle. If need be take a marker right on
your desk with the writing on the upper side, with an angle like the
riders position (upper part of the marker slanted to the left and lower part
of the marker slanted to the right when rolling toward your right hand, then
roll it forward (to the right) a quarter of the way. Then roll it back to
the top again where the words are. This is how your thigh will roll on
the upper part of the seat jockey / flap near the seat.
On to the trot and
going into the post.
Remember the feeling of
your hand going over your thigh in a downward spiraling motion.
The knee and below will
not move in or out. it will be stable.
Allow your pelvis to be
free and open and close as the horse moves.
If at anytime your lose
your position or the feeling of rolling stop readjust and redo the feeling
of rolling with the hand.
What is a in sync posting trot?
Ear. shoulder, pelvis point
and ankle alignment as soon as your get in the saddle
of gravity in the abdomen region and pelvis. This will prevent you from
being top heavy and tipsy.
Relaxed and moveable joints
No pinching knees
No pushing on the stirrups /
an unforced parallel foot with
the horses barrel.
Stirrups / irons do not hold
the weight of the rider.
Pelvis leads the upper body to
go forward while leaving the knee and below untouched.
The thigh "rolls"
forward on the saddle.
The horses back lifts the
riders seat from the deep of the saddle forward toward the pommel enough to
see light between the saddle seat and the crotch (approx 2 inches).