Sitting trot is my nemesis...
I posted this on another forum too, but since I know there are a lot of dressage riders here that have to do sitting trot regularly, I thought I would post it here as well.
So the sitting trot and I are not friends...in fact we hate each other. We don't even pretend to like each other at parties. And I am convinced that my sitting trot is what cost me the first place in my Eq. Class at this last show (I got second but whatever). And I think my trainer (although she has never said it out loud) would agree.
That being said, my horse has a lovely canter, but her trot is bouncy and I have yet to learn how to ride it sitting. I can do it pretty well without stirrups, but when I do it with stirrups, I use them to brace against and I end up all over the place. And then one thing follows the other, I get tense because I'm trying to make it "look" good and it becomes a disaster in 2.5 seconds flat. I have a month before my next show, and this one is much bigger than any of the other ones this year so I need to come prepared. My trainer says that I need to relax and almost lightly lift my contact with my stirrups but when I do that, they tend to slip back too much and I'm sure that isn't looked at as great in the ring either. Help!