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post #1 of 17 Old 02-18-2009, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Sitting trot

I'm starting to take Dressage lessons and I know you do a sitting trot. When I do a sitting trot I tend to bounce a lot. Is there a way to sit so you don't bounce as much?
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-18-2009, 07:16 PM
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I'm starting to take Dressage lessons and I know you do a sitting trot. When I do a sitting trot I tend to bounce a lot. Is there a way to sit so you don't bounce as much?
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Alright, thank you.
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post #4 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 12:20 AM
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There are 2 ways I know of. The first one is to have your trainer put you on the lunge line. Remove your stirrups and tie your reins in a knot. Sit on the trot and focus on your seat. Hold yourself down to allow yourself to really feel the movement. Feel your pelvis and back rock with the horse you are riding. It takes practice. You will get a different feel as to how you need to sit in order to become one and not bounce.

Option 2: If you are able to ride freely outside of lessons, riding without stirrup is the perfect excercise for that purpose. Will help you develop a better seat. This excercise is essentially the same as working on the lunge except not quite as effective sometimes because you are focusing on a few things at once.

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The best thing is to stay relaxxxed. No stiff shoulders, backs, or anything else. It is also extra important to keep your elbows at your side. You know all about changing diagonal, correct? (Sitting for two "bumps" before resuming posting.) Well, think of sitting the trot as being the same thing, only longer. I'd suggest changing diagonal several times, doing it normally and naturally as you would any other time... then just add "bumps" on gradually. From two to four, from four to six... so on. If you ever feel like you're getting haywire and out of control, start posting again. Your horse isn't likely to appreciate it very much if you're pinging off his back, and it isn't doing yourself any favors either. ^_^
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I had the same problem. My trainer told me that just pretend that a string is tied to your belly button and someone is holding you up. (In a summary she said "Lift your crotch off the saddle.") Just make sure you don't lean back too much. ;) Hope this helps!
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You use heaps of abdominal muscle. You have to relax your lower body so it can rock with the horse and really ride the stride.
It is quite physical and you'll be puffing before too long!

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post #8 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 08:09 PM
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You are just starting out, I wouldn't worry about the sitting trot right now - being that it is a movement for more advanced riders/horses. You wont be required to do a sitting trot until Level 2.

Done incorrectly, you are hurting your horses back.
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Sitting trot can be a nightmare and so hard to learn. I agree with what was said above, and just wanted to add, that as long as you are riding by holding on with your muscles, then there's no way to ride truly relaxed and moving with your horse. That can take a very long time to learn - as it is VERY counter intuitive. In nearly any other sport, you use your muscles actively to accomplish your goal. In riding we need to passively use our muscles for balance so that we can actively use them to give aids to our horse to ask them what we want them to do. Riding with muscles that are both used to hold on as well as ask the horse what to do can send mixed signals. While learning, the posting trot is MUCH better.

I've had people say lots of no stirrup work will help - but imo and training experience all that does is cause you to work your muslces more, bounce more, and make you and your horse VERY sore.....

Post for now - and learn to ride with independent aids and go from there ;)

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post #10 of 17 Old 02-21-2009, 09:56 AM
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make sure you relax your knees, when ever I start to bounce at sitting trot i roll my ankles at the trot which instantly softens my knees and I stop bouncing agian.
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