Question: I am just learning to ride western. I have been riding english for 5 years. Will I need to learn how to post all over again? Is there a difference? I don’t want to look stupid. And how do I get diagonals?
Answer from April Reeves: Posting the trot in Western is the same as English. Remember, horses cannot distinguish the difference in disciplines, only humans do. The movements of a single horse are the same regardless of a Western or English saddle (unless the saddle doesn’t fit!).
Posting and Diagonals are Different
Posting was invented to give rider and horse relief from constantly jarring in the saddle.