I have been doing hunter/jumper with my horse for the past 6 months or so seriously and just dinking around with it before that. I got to where my equitation for hunter was pretty good, nice low posting, good heels, arched back, leaning forward, etc. Because I was doing hunter/jumper I never had to sit the trot and am used to having short stirrups.
Well now I have to learn how to sit the trot and deal with these ridiculously long stirrups. I rode dressage for the first time in a very long time today and I royally sucked!
My friend said that my sitting trot wasn't bad, but I feel like I am bouncing alot and can tell from my shadow that at times I do tense up and start to bounce. I just can't seem to stay relaxed. My horse is a Thoroughbred with not so smooth gates, especially his trot, his canter I can handle. He was collecting nicely, we worked with collecting/rounding at the walk, trot and canter. He collects/rounds very nicely at the trot and needs some work on the walk and canter as he is used to being a jumper and not having to bother. He is trained for 1st level dressage though, he just needs a refresher.
I need tips on how to sit the trot, I can sit his jog/trot with no problems but if he speeds up I tense and can't seem to relax. Plus I already know the whole open your hips, relax into your seat, but I need something more in depth than that because that isn't cutting it.
Also being a hunter made my heels constantly shoved down, well with dressage that isn't as big of a deal. I am having a hard time keeping my lower leg still and my feet in the stirrups. I don't loose my stirrups but my feet bounce up and down in them at the trot.
So overall I am just having a very hard time adjusting from hunter eq to dressage eq. Any tips on how to make this adjustment would be great! I decided to do dressage for a while to build my horses muscle, plus work on our bond and communication skills so we are better over fences. I do plan on going back to jumping, and will do jumping about once a week or once every other week still.
Any advice is appreciated!