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    11-11-2011, 01:28 PM
  #31
Green Broke
It will come with time and practice :)
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    11-20-2011, 01:58 PM
  #32
Showing
Just to add, you are getting your horse warmed up and posting before you try, right? And it does take awhile.. one day you'll just get it and you'll feel like the absolute best!

It does help getting into the horse's rhythm though, even at the post. Good luck!
     
    11-20-2011, 02:28 PM
  #33
Yearling
Yep, were both thoroughly warmed up before I begin my mess of a sitting lol.
Actually, at my lesson last week I sat it well for about four strides, then lost it. I quickly tried it again to see if I could do it...not so much but I am getting better. My lower back is a little more achey these days from trying to sit it so often.
     
    11-20-2011, 02:54 PM
  #34
Weanling
My instructor has me tighten my abs and relax my lumbar. Seems to help.
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    11-20-2011, 09:12 PM
  #35
Yearling
I did it I did it I did it!!! This afternoon I rode and FINALLY figured it out. It really is hard to explain, isnt it? Relax this, tighten this, drop this...LOL but I have it now, just need to perfect my position while sitting now.
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    11-20-2011, 09:16 PM
  #36
Showing
Yep it's complicated haha, but you did it!! Congratulations :)
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    11-20-2011, 09:23 PM
  #37
Foal
I too found it very hard to find my sitting trot. My instructor tell me to sit on my butt bones, let your legs relax open. Also when I feel off I grab a little main and it helps give me a little more security. In september I had a really bad accident when I was riding my boy rocky. I just started back riding three weeks ago and I am trying to get my sitting trot back. Just sit into your saddle-relax.
     
    11-21-2011, 10:31 AM
  #38
Yearling
That gives me hope. I have been battling with the sitting trot. Huey has a GIGANTIC movement. We tried trotting with no stirrups, and it took three paces to bounce me right out of the saddle, through the fence, and onto the ground. I have started to despair that I will never be able to do this. :( And it seems to be a prerequisite to cantering in my trainer's book, so I won't be able to exercise my horse completely without using a lunge line until I get it down. :(

I read all of this thread and I know it is all good advice, but there is no way I can think of all these things at the same time! I am hoping it is like posting the trot and it is one of those things that seems impossible until you suddenly "get" it and then it makes a ton of sense...
     
    11-21-2011, 11:49 AM
  #39
Showing
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Originally Posted by ThursdayNext    
That gives me hope. I have been battling with the sitting trot. Huey has a GIGANTIC movement. We tried trotting with no stirrups, and it took three paces to bounce me right out of the saddle, through the fence, and onto the ground. I have started to despair that I will never be able to do this. :(
I definitely know how you feel.. but there is hope yet! I tried the whole no stirrups thing and I was slamming on my horse and so I just decided not to try it again. So I learned how to sit trot with my feet in the stirrups.

Think of your feet as shock absorbers.. your upper body usually gets propelled UP (posting trot) but you are trying to stay DOWN (sitting trot) so you need to focus on staying DOWN.. pinching with your knees isn't going to keep you down.. it's like a spring.. you'll fly up and then gravity will bring you down :P think about relaxing your knees, pulling your weight down into your heels, keeping your legs on the horse (not squeezing.. just there to keep horse moving by controlling the feet..) But not dangling 100% either. It's a fine balance. And you'll get it! My horse's trot when I first got on felt like I was in a speeding car or on a rocket ship! It's HUUUUGE! But as soon as I mastered posting and then practiced my walk to trot transitions.. I snuck some sitting trot beats in there and pretty soon I was doing it.

But begin slowly!!!!! Get your horse down to the slowest trot, maybe even a jog.. so you can quieten your upper body and feel what it feels like to get it right.

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I read all of this thread and I know it is all good advice, but there is no way I can think of all these things at the same time! I am hoping it is like posting the trot and it is one of those things that seems impossible until you suddenly "get" it and then it makes a ton of sense...
Oh but of course.. however your body is always making microscopic corrections as it learns what works and what doesn't. Miles in the saddle, my friend.. and it'll become easy.

And don't get me wrong, I can do a sitting trot but not at the working trot speed/power yet :P We're at a slow jog and gentle trot but it's something!!
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    11-21-2011, 12:38 PM
  #40
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ThursdayNext    
That gives me hope. I have been battling with the sitting trot. Huey has a GIGANTIC movement. We tried trotting with no stirrups, and it took three paces to bounce me right out of the saddle, through the fence, and onto the ground. I have started to despair that I will never be able to do this. :( And it seems to be a prerequisite to cantering in my trainer's book, so I won't be able to exercise my horse completely without using a lunge line until I get it down. :(

I read all of this thread and I know it is all good advice, but there is no way I can think of all these things at the same time! I am hoping it is like posting the trot and it is one of those things that seems impossible until you suddenly "get" it and then it makes a ton of sense...
You'll get it...If I can get it on Grace, who has a huge bouncy trot, then anyone can do it! Here's where I finally figured it out, maybe it will help you. I tightened all my ab muscles, then relaxed my lower back and upper thighs so that they were just resting on the saddle, with no energy in them. My lower legs on the horse, and my heels deep in the stirrups. I posted for three, sat for three and I did this for about an hour before I finally had a sitting trot both me and Grace can live with. I'm praying it wasnt a fluke and I can still do it on Wednesday for my lesson!!

Good luck, let us know how it progresses for you!
     

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