Posting The Canter
Equitation Tips – Seats on Course
In the third video from the Equitation Tip Series, Bernie discusses a quality that the top equitation riders possess – an independent seat. This allows the riders to utilize all seats on course where they apply. Bernie offers various exercises to develop a secure, balanced, independent seat and enhance strength along with an adjustable hip angle.
Running Time: 2 minutes and 38 seconds
Equitation Tips – Impulsion
In this second video from the Equitation Tip Series Bernie looks at a common trait that the top equitation horses in the country share. They are all in front of their riders’ legs, allowing for beautiful upward transitions that appear to be invisible. These horses are trained by their riders to be light to the leg and Bernie shows us how to achieve this with your horse.
Running Time: 4 minutes and 35 seconds
Getting And Keeping The Dull Horse In Front Of Your Leg
Is your horse dull to your leg? Are you constantly nagging your horse with your spur? Are there worn patches on your horse’s side from heels that are constantly asking for forward momentum? Bernie has the solution.
Running Time: 15 minutes and 8 seconds
Form Follows Function Over Fences
In this topic, the second in a series, Cynthia Hankins, shares with us her insight into some of the common bad habits riders inadvertently acquire – this time over fences. In addition to pointing out these habitual position flaws, Cynthia demonstrates the correct, classical form stamped by the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System. Make sure to watch Cynthia’s first video in this series, Form Follows Function.
Running Time: 13 minutes and 18 seconds
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I am so happy to see that trainers and judges are on board with opposing the “posting canter”.
I like where Geoff Teall says, “Posting the canter is incorrect.”
And that all of the commenting professionals are on the same side of the fence when commenting on their opinions about the posting canter. One professional, Jim Wofford, is …”vehemently opposed to the practice of “posting at the canter.””.
So what gives?
Why is it still being done?
To what end?
I was an equitation rider and hunter rider, back in the 1970’s. I even qualified for the Maclay finals in 1974, when they were still being held at Madison Square (although I worked hard, and got there…I was not amongst the greats!) There were so many phenomenal riders, and equitation was virtually under the standards of George Morris, as to what was considered most correct.
I recall seeing many ‘1sts’, back then–such as the 1st time I saw a warmblood, in a stall at Stoneleigh-Burnham… “how can that horse jump a 5’5” fence?!’ That was the beginning for that era!!
But I also recall the 1st time I saw a rider posting to the canter (a known trainer back in those times; I won’t name anyone), and I wondered why, and why… Back then, most all of us rode Thoroughbreds, still my favorite breed. And we get off of the horse’s back when galloping through a foxhunt field– which is what the definition of huntseat riding is based upon. However, there was never a posting to the canter EVER included, in consideration of proper Huntseat equitation. It was just a silly fad, and I’m sorry to see that it’s coming up again…. Boo-hiss.
I’ve been looking for something on this for quite sometime. I was trying to understand the fad and purpose. Who decided it was good and OK? It looks horrible but more important uncomfortable for the horse.
One of the worst clinics I had, this instructor had me ride my pony by holding on to my bit. Thank God she was a saint. I was old enough (hour lessons age 3 cantering age 4. I was at least 10 for this guy) to understand to ride in 2 point/half seat that’s what I think his point was he was clear. (Not what my aunt taught me) but the bit put me in on or in front of the pommel. Well I front of the vertical.