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  • Do you post when you ride "Western"?

    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.

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    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.

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    • #3
      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.

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      • #4
        I usually post in a western saddle to warm the horse up before I enter my classes.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BBRider View Post
          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.
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          • #6
            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!

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            • #7
              If going faster than a jog, then yes, I post.
              Riding is NOT meant as an inside sport, GET out of that arena!!!

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              • #8
                Yes I post or get in a half seat if my mare is doing her really forward "trail trot".

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                • #9
                  Most of the time I do a sitting trot, but I will if we are trotting for a long time.
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                  • #10
                    A lot of it depends on the horse. Some you can't sit to on a good day, it's just miserable for all involved. Some horses are so smooth, it's not necessary.
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                    • #11
                      I have always posted when riding western. It is a great way to warm a horse up and get up off their back and get them loosened up.
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                      • #12
                        Yes. Especially when long trotting over distance, it's one of my favorite workouts for my horse and myself.

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                        • #13
                          Anything beyond a jog, I post. Saves the horse for going long distances, much more comfortable for me, Almost every old cow hand i've met posts or stands in the stirrups!

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                          • #14
                            When we are moving cows and checking fence we will post, but if we are training we only work the jog so we sit. But there is no way the horses could keep up with the cows if they jogged behind them.
                            I'm so busy.....I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse.

                            Alright put your big girl panties on and deal with it!

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                            • #15
                              We will post when long trotting during schooling/warming up. A lot of times we'll ride the Huntseat horses at home in a work saddle, so will post on them while trotting as well.

                              In the show ring when asked to extend the jog always, always, always sit, never post!
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by sahqueen View Post
                                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.

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                                • #17
                                  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.
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                                  • #18
                                    I post for warming up at a longer (or faster) trot. Gets both of us warmed up and the kinks out. I sit the jog in the arena, rarely jog on the trail.

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                                    • #19
                                      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!
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                                      • #20
                                        On the ginormous 17+hh dumb-bloods I ride.... yeah, I post.
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