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    12-19-2012, 04:25 AM
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Foal
Can not balance his trot- advice please :)

Need advice please :)

I have a young horse who has a very powerful trot also very elevated trot. I am only a novice rider and I just can not balance it. I get thrown around too much and I'm finding myself using the reins to stay on. Not good for my poor horse! I've had experienced riders on him who have all said his trot is really powerful and they feel a little thrown by it.

What would be the best way to learn to balance myself and not lean on his mouth :(

I have a bitless bridle or possibly get someone to lunge him on a lead so I can lose the reins?? I'm abit weary of this option as I feel I will defiantly come off. But I want to do what I have to, to get off hi mouth.
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    12-19-2012, 05:48 AM
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Trained
Use a neck strap or monkey strap on your saddle. Hook your fingers into it, and hang onto that rather than his mouth. By yanking his mouth, you will create a hollow back which will make it even harder to ride the trot.
I also strongly advise that you take some lessons on improving your seat, and sign up at the gym to do a lot of core work. Don't take the lessons on your young horse - a young horse is great at ruining a riders position - get yourself onto a nice steady plodder for a while, on the lunge with no reins and stirrups. Combined with strengthening your core, you will see a difference in your ability to ride your youngsters trot.
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    12-19-2012, 04:33 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Use a neck strap or monkey strap on your saddle. Hook your fingers into it, and hang onto that rather than his mouth. By yanking his mouth, you will create a hollow back which will make it even harder to ride the trot.
I also strongly advise that you take some lessons on improving your seat, and sign up at the gym to do a lot of core work. Don't take the lessons on your young horse - a young horse is great at ruining a riders position - get yourself onto a nice steady plodder for a while, on the lunge with no reins and stirrups. Combined with strengthening your core, you will see a difference in your ability to ride your youngsters trot.
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    12-23-2012, 10:37 AM
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Foal
I would also work on your 2-point position. Even the bounciest horse can be ridden in 2-point. That is if you ride English. Also posting to the trot helps a lot. A riding instructor can really evaluate your position and help you balance better.
     
    12-24-2012, 06:15 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by equinelyn    
I would also work on your 2-point position. Even the bounciest horse can be ridden in 2-point. That is if you ride English. Also posting to the trot helps a lot. A riding instructor can really evaluate your position and help you balance better.
I have a trainer that rides him once a week to teach him the things I can't. I have organised for him to give me some lessons after the Christmas period.

He has said he isn't surprised that I struggle with it as he said he is not balanced yet in the trot and tries to lean on him for balance (not really sure what that means) as well as speeds up to get his balance. He is working on it for me to get him to have a slower more controlled trot.

Funnily he has a beautiful canter which surprises everyone as he is an ex pacer :) possibly the fast trot comes from that and looking to go into a pace??
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    12-25-2012, 11:15 PM
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Foal
Sounds to me like he is extremely unbalanced at the trot, not using his hind end at all and hollowing out his back. My tb used to do this and it was hell, for a while I just sat his trot and let my butt slam into the saddle. It wasn't very nice to him but he got so uncomfortable with it that he started moving better even if I only had to do it for a few strides. Sometimes they don't know how to use themselves properly under saddle and sometimes they are just being lazy.
     
    12-30-2012, 01:12 PM
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Started
My guy started off like that, it can take a while for a young horse to 'find' his trot and for it to become something that's easier to work with. Make sure you're improving your skills while he's improving his.
     
    01-10-2013, 10:18 PM
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Foal
Thought I would give a happy update on this. With the help of a good trainer I have learnt to stay off his mouth and also stay on him :)

Its not pretty and i'm still too grippy with my legs in his trot but at least I can stay on him without hanging off his mouth :)

Also I feel like I could now ride any horses trot haha
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