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        01-06-2011, 12:51 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    OP--When you start to sit the trot with your stirrups...do you start to grip more with your thighs, making your feet come up out of the stirrups?

    I find this is what happens to me if I pick up my stirrups. Before I start to sit the trot I make my horse walk/halt, and then bring my knees up to a 90 degree angle, swing them straight out away from my body, and then let them hang down. I found it helps me sit a bit deeper into the saddle after I have gotten the muscles to loosen up.

    Keep relaxed through your hips and allow yourself to go with the motion. As soon as you tense up, you will start to bounce more.
         
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        01-25-2011, 12:06 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Before going into the sitting trot stand up in the saddle. Once you can stay up for a while, sit down but keep your body in that position. Push your heels down and stretch your calves. Now pick up the sitting trot. Follow the movement with your hips and let the bounce go into your knees. Keep your legs long and don't grip with your knees or calves. If you can ask for a lunge lesson...these help with getting your balance as well as bareback and stirrupless.
         
        01-25-2011, 04:03 PM
      #13
    Started
    I'm having a similar problem, I've only had 2 lessons so far, last week my sitting trot was fantastic, and my posting trot was a mess(i couldn't get up quick enough and kept doing a double bounce) today I did much better with my posting, still double bounced a little, but not as much, but when I was doing the sitting trot I felt like I was bouncing all over the place...i haven't tried without stirrups yet, i'm used to that big western saddle holding me in, maybe next week or the week after lol
         
        01-26-2011, 02:15 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    What really helped me learn to sit the trot (and I'm still learning) is to ask my horse to trot very slowly. That helped me feel the way the back moves (bareback and saddled) and is helping me translate the slow trot to a bigger, faster trot with me still staying put. Good luck!
         
        01-26-2011, 03:05 PM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by vergo97    
    what does opening up your hips mean? How do you do it?
    There is an exercise you can do from the saddle or the ground which opens up your hips. From the saddle: grab the pommel take your right leg move it in front of the saddle keeping knee bent until thiogh is parallel to the ground. Then open knee out so it's as close as you can get to perpendicular to the horses side, then move thigh back as far as you can. Finally place leg back onto saddle.

    Repeat with left leg. Will probably give you hip cramps but does "open" the hips and allows you to sit deeper in the saddle.

    From the ground you're basically doing the same thing - hold onto saddle with left hand and repeat same motions as listed above but from the ground. Then switch sides (i.e. Do other leg).
         

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