In a show setting I've never seen anyone post in a western saddle. But when I'm trail riding or warming up before a lesson or even a class and just want to get the bugs out I will definitely post.
I think it's just so much more comfortable and natural when asking your horse to move out, and I'm sure that's why you'll see the occasional roper or team penner or other "western" participant posting.
Old cowboys used to stand in the stirrups when long trotting, until some decades ago they figured how to post.
Today, all post, easier on a horse's back and if a horse is rough, easier on the rider's back also.
For showing, you rarely have to long trot around the arena.
Sitting when jogging seems standard.
Even in English riding, posting is mostly for working trot, but real training on the flat is generally done at the sitting trot, even when extending the trot for a short length.
In the past several years I have noticed more and more people are posting at the trot in their Western saddles.
Correct me if I am wrong, but this seems to be a new thing...what happened to the sitting jog/trot?
Understand, I come from an English riding background so I am not against posting, but I just wondered if my perception of this being a growing trend is right...and why do you think it's happening?
I personally enjoy doing BOTH the sitting trot and posting...whether or not I am riding English OR Western.
Often times, hunt seat horses are warmed up/schooled in western tack. So yes, the riders will be posting. I post when warming up my reining horse before we start loping, but she isn't exactly the smoothest. We also long trot, so no real jogging.
Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.
I've always posted to warm up my horses reguardless of what kind of saddle I'm riding in so, yes, I post in a western saddle. I post a lot when trail riding in my western saddle also. It is easier on your horse than just sitting up there all day long!
In the show ring when asked to extend the jog always, always, always sit, never post!
Guess it depends on the show/class - in ranch horse shows, you can definitely post (and I do) when asked for extended trots. Also in Cowboy Races, you can post when ever. At arena shows, I'll sit the trot, but we don't do much more than jog at those.
I usually post only when my horse does her awesome extended trot. Otherwise I'll sit the trot.
Working a Showmanship pattern somewhere in the great Northeast...
If you are in a class that asks for a long trot/extended trot than posting may be appropriate. In a class that asks for an extended jog (ie Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, etc) posting would not be appropriate. In my mind they are two different and distinct gaits.
Most of mine have at least 3 different gears...jog, ext. jog and long trot depending on the event and seat being ridden.
Sure do post. Especially when trail riding or schooling some of the bigger trot movements. Sit trot as well, more so when doing movements like shoulder in and leg yield. My Morgan really doesn't jog yet, but my Appy does. I sit the jog, but usually only jog when showing, rarely on the trail... unless its just a beautiful day to take in some scenery!