Posting to Perfection

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    Posting the working trot is one of the first skills hunt seat riders learn. However, even advanced hunt seat riders can have flaws in their position, according to Meg Schulman, a United States Equestrian Federation “R” hunt seat judge, coach and clinician. Usually it’s the angle of the rider’s upper body that’s misplaced, and that’s often the result of an ineffective lower leg. Regardless of your riding level, Schulman offers exercises to perfect your posting trot.

    **For the full article, pick up the November 2007 issue of HORSE ILLUSTRATED.**

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    Cindy Hale
    Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.

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