I am currently riding dressage and just started working on my working trot about a month ago. I have gotten better, but there are a few things that I can't seem to fix. I am having problems with sitting on my butt and keeping my toe behind my knee at the same time. I also have problems 'staying put together' when I go from a rising trot to a sitting trot. My lower back has also been hurting a lot ever since I started working on my sitting trot. I'll try to get a video soon. Any advice or critique is appreciated. Thank you:)
Wow, if your lower back is hurting much, please take it easy. I overdid something, including riding , recently and hurt my lower back and now it won't seem to go back to normal.
Perhaps you are either rolling your pelvis too far forward, or not enough. You need some bend in the lower spine (lumbar) to absorb the motion, but too much will hurt you. NO bend in the spine is also bad because the spine's only way to absorb motion is through that bend increasing and decreasing. If you try to stack the back totally vertical and stiffly hold it there, the motion cannot be absorbed, only a small amount via the disks between each vertabrae and this is not good for the back over long periods of time. We NEED that spring action ofthe curved back.
Also, having strong core muscles is essential to being able to sit the trot. I don't have them and I dont' stit the trot very well, at least not for long periods of time.
I tell my girls to prettend like you are posting with your tummy. Then as your mucsels develope try to refine it so you do not look like you are moveing. I also tell them to see the bounce going out thier heels and tummy.
I have trouble doing 'everything' together properly at the sitting trot. I can sit a trot pretty well without stirrups but when I have my feet IN the stirrups I have trouble keeping my heel down. When I put my heel down, my body gets stiff and I bounce more. When I bounce my hands bounce too! That makes sense about the abdominal muscles because when I DO sit a trot, I get stomach cramps. Jeez, if you ever think you are in good shape...just take an english riding lesson! Half the time I am PANTING, trying to catch my breath to have a conversation with my instructor about what I'm doing! I asked my friend if that was normal or was there something wrong with me and she said that english riding is a very good cardio workout. At least I am getting better in that respect and don't get winded too quickly now
Haha thanks for the tips. I'll try to post a video a.s.a.p. My trainer told me I could use her school horse whenever I want so that I can practice the sitting trot without stirrups (she advises me not to while riding my horse haha), but I rarely have time to ride both my horse and the school horse. Of course, I am going to ride my horse first.
I used to have a lot of back pain too due to hollowing out my back, make sure you wear appropriately fitting clothing so that your instructor can see exactly how you're using yourself. It can be hard to tell whats going on without eyes on the ground sometimes, especially when it comes to your position, I had no idea I was riding around with my right hand several inches higher than my left until someone pointed it out to me lol! Once you work out your back problems sitting the trot will become easier, having sore muscles from working out is one thing but if you're putting yourself in pain due to the position of your spine its going to be pretty difficult to keep yourself relaxed and supple enough to absorb the motion of your horse.
I just wanted to add that core muscles will support your lower back so make sure that they are strong and engaged. Lower back should stay soft and relaxed, and ankles stay soft and relaxed to act as your shock absorbers (not your back!).
One friend once compared sitting trot to a hobby of hers - belly dancing - where your abs hold you together, your midsection moves, and your lower body stays steady and it really makes a lot of sense to me. Think of staying soft and relaxed and moving with the horse's motion - not against it. That should help and good luck!
Thanks guys! All this advice really helps a lot. I tend to stiffen up in the saddle and brace against my stirrups, especially because my horse has a habit of running off with me, not that I don't trust my horse. I think relaxing and using my heels as shock absorbers will really help. I will most likely be going out of town this week, but I'll try to get a video next week. Again, thanks so much!