Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
If someone is flexible (kids) and using a western saddle, then sitting the trot can be done the first time they ride. I told my daughter-in-law (25) to grab the horn if needed and just bounce & smile. Within an hour, she was sitting the trot.
It took me TWO YEARS. 40 years of regular jogging had my legs so tight that I couldn't really sink into the saddle. In the end, I had to lengthen my stirrup a hole every couple of weeks until I could barely touch the stirrups, and then ride like that for a few months. Even now, I need about 5 minutes of warming up at a walk to loosen up my legs.
Also, I find it my harder to sit the trot in my Bates English saddle than either an Aussie or Western saddle. Don't know if that is because of the CAIR panels, shape of the saddle or what. Sometimes the Bates feels like it is stuffed with rubber...