I’ve tried this a couple of times and I’m still a long ways away. I admit, I sort of thought it wasn’t possible (not really) until I saw another rider doing it today. She did not have her feet in the stiffups and yet, she posted! I didn’t even notice that her feet weren’t in the stirrups until the teacher pointed this out! “See,” said Lynn, like she’s doing.”
I felt that i had witnessed a miracle! Here was the rider going around the ring at a nice trot and she was lifting herself up out of the saddle in what looked to me like an effortless fashion.
So it’s true! It can be done! And I thought that “posting without stirrups” was a metaphor or poetic license.
So I tried again. I tried squeezing my inner thighs, but felt mostly like an old Calvin and Hobbs cartoon. Calvin kept making dreadful faces and then looking back over his shoulder while Hobbs said, “Nope. Nothing. Not yet.” Calving was trying to make his rump light up like a firefly, but no matter how hard he tried, nothing happend. Posting without the stirrups felt like that. Nope. Nothing. Not yet.