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    06-03-2013, 02:52 PM
Help with my sitting trot and canter problems

I've been riding for a little less than a year now. In early January my old instructor put me on a less experienced horse that I was riding for the first time a told me to do a sitting trot without stir ups. Well at the time I'd only been riding for 5ish months. Long story short I had a horrible fall. My instructor thought I had broken my hip (my entire left side was numb and I couldn't move my leg) so she called 911. It was very scary and now I can't work up the nerve to try a sitting trot even with stir ups. But it's been 5 months. Is there any advice that you can give me to get better with my sitting trot and work toward the canter?
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    06-03-2013, 03:00 PM
Maybe if you just worked on posting trot, and learned to do two point (standing while trotting) and did canter in two point, or half seat (which is two point but you are allowing some of your weight to be in the saddle, not totally standing up in stirrups) you'd feel more secure?

Really, when there is fear standing in your way, there is not way around, you must go THROUGH it.
    06-03-2013, 03:06 PM
I have been jumping for a while now but only at a posting trot. I really want to move on to a sitting trot and then a canter. But every time I try feel like I'm bouncing and sliding all over the place and its not very enjoyable.
    06-03-2013, 03:10 PM
Dasisk, if I made a video on this on youtube, would you be interested in watching it? It's so hard to explain! I've been riding for 10 years, and I still have difficulty really planting my butt, but I have some pretty good techniques to help!
    06-03-2013, 03:13 PM
Yes!! Deffinately!! Could you give me the link when you've finished uploading it. I'm a visual learner and I always did best when my instructor showed me how to do it first. Though I tried looking up videos on Youtube and none of then were informative. But yes I would be very interested!
    06-03-2013, 03:14 PM
Originally Posted by Dasisk    
Yes!! Deffinately!! Could you give me the link when you've finished uploading it. I'm a visual learner and I always did best when my instructor showed me how to do it first. Though I tried looking up videos on Youtube and none of then were informative. But yes I would be very interested!

Okay! I will work on it tonight, and hopefully have it up by tomorrow. I'll do it on 2 different horses too, since one is a very "interesting" mover.. Ha ha you may get a good laugh from my attempt
    06-03-2013, 03:14 PM
Your fall indicates that you too green to jump a horse. My Hunt Seat instructor--early 1970's--prepared us by first being able to sit all 3 gaits, then be able to transition between gaits, then be able to transition between the sitting and posting trot, THEN we posted 3x each rein withOUT stirrups. We spent hours in 2-point before we jumped. Simply, we had a LOT of miles under saddle in our lessons before we even messed with ground poles. People sometimes lost their balance, and falls are inevitable, though nobody took a fall like yours.
You didn't have control over this horse, or your own body.
I taught with my own horses for 10 years: Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Hunt Seat, Beginning Jumping, Military and 2 students took theraputic lessons. I had 3 horses that I could trust for the latter. I am VERY leery of what passes for safe lesson horses today and leery of what passes for a good riding instructor. I would start shopping around for a new place to take lessons. This teacher is going to get your hurt again.
You wouldn't put up with this kind of service from a hotel, and you don't need to do so with a place that puts you on a 1,000 lb animal that should be quiet and calm and slow to respond to your aids so that you can get better and stronger and more confidant.
    06-03-2013, 03:21 PM
Thank you so much! And you can't look any more silly then I did :) haha

I think you're right. I think your instructors strategy was very smart. I think I'm ready to start the sitting trot and then on to a canter. But I think the jumping will be put on hold for a while :)
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    06-03-2013, 03:22 PM
For a decent sitting trot or canter, you need to move your hips with the horse. The trot can be easier because there isn't as much power flowing thru the horse's back, but it can be tougher because the pulses come faster. This video is from a western perspective on cantering, but I think it does a good job of showing how your hips need to move for either a sitting trot or canter.

If fear is making you tense, then some options would be a lunge line, or maybe trying it with either a western or Australian saddle. If I'm willing to 'cheat' sometimes to help my mare past her fears, then why not 'cheat' myself and use tack that can help me get over the hurdle. The feel of a sitting trot or canter is very similar regardless of saddle type, IMHO.

    06-03-2013, 03:27 PM
BTW - Jumping increases the risk of injury by somewhere in the 10-40 times range...that is +1,000-4,000%, depending on whose statistics you look at. That doesn't make it wrong, but it is important to learn it at the right time with the right instructor. Maybe it is the old fart in me, but I wouldn't want to start jumping unless I could roll a cigarette while sitting a canter...

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