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Is Posting in Western Different than English? What about Diagonals?

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.

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