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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:58 pm 
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Colinde~ wrote:


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I stopped gripping with my knees!

On the subject of posting bareback -

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I found it was actually easier to keep my leg long and straight during that because there wasn't any stirrup to tempt me into bracing against it. Where I run into trouble is when the stirrups are there to tempt me. ;)


Ah, precisely. It's not done by gripping of the knees, but with thigh and buttock slight tension, and thank you for the reminder about leg position. I completely forgot it. Long and straight, knee turned in slightly to bring more thigh contact.

Interestingly, though I don't advise it, a very short leg, deeply bent, like a jockey can make posting easy too, but that's more of a knee pinch, unstable without stirrups, and brings the ischia once again in hard contact with horses' backs.

The leg position in fact depends, if one is to have a secure and strong balanced seat, on the same thing as the seat in a saddle. Heel, hip, and shoulder all lining up with the ear in a plumb vertical line.

The only relief (as this is not a comfortable position on many horses bareback) is that slight tension of thigh and buttocks.

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