Sitting trot without stirrups so much easier

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    09-05-2013, 07:20 PM
Sitting trot without stirrups so much easier

I find sitting trots without stirrups much easier, i'm not bouncing and it's alot tidier. Can someone tell me in this case, does that mean my legs are still garbage?

Side question-

What is counter bend use for? I was doing that in lesson and my barn was kinda noisy, I couldn't understand what my trainer was explaining to me.... im so lame. I need to start a blog and just write down what im learning and look back :)

Continued to trot poles today and I'm loving it!
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    09-05-2013, 07:28 PM
Buy a composition notebook, and keep a journal of your learning. Immediately after your lesson, write everything you did, stuff you were good at, stuff you sucked at, things that clicked, things you didn't understand, things that frustrated you, what your immediate and long term goals are, stuff you want to research. It will be so awesome to look back at all of the learning processes you went through, and all the progress you made. It will also help when you get frustrated in the future, to look back and see all the things you didn't get at first, but got better at, and overcame :) I'm still learning basics, so I can answer question #1.... Or question #2. I guess I only answered a question that wasn't even asked!
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    09-05-2013, 07:59 PM
I also think trotting without stirrups is easier! In no way does that mean your legs are "bad". In my opinion any, it is making them stronger! I know what counter bending is for but I will let someone who is a little better with words than I am explain because for some reason I cannot seem to put it into words currently :P lol I've had a looooong day of classes and the brain no longer wishes to type out explainations :P
    09-05-2013, 10:08 PM
Oh yeah, and now my legs are sorta useless after posting trot without stirrups.... So tired!
    09-06-2013, 03:07 PM
I love trotting without stirrups! Something just clicks for me that way. Then when I stick my feet back in my form tends to improve. I just tend to do better with less tack in general XD I'm such an oddball. Best ride ever was bareback.
    09-06-2013, 03:46 PM
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It makes sense that you may be more successful when you don't have stirrups getting in the way, but if having stirrups makes the task next to impossible then I would guess that you have your stirrups too short. It's hard to sit deep and move with the horse when your stirrups are popping you out of the saddle!!
    09-07-2013, 01:17 AM
I think its because when you have your stirrups you tend to put your weight in them rather than going with the horse. I find it much easier to take my stirrups away and sit the trot then take back my stirrups and sit.
    09-08-2013, 01:11 AM
If you put too much weight into your stirrups or ride with rigid lower legs, it helps to think about lifting your knees. Just slightly! Lift your knees and keep your heel underneath you (by putting some bend in your leg). If you're lifting your knees, your legs aren't bracing and the weight of your butt is in the saddle.
    09-08-2013, 05:17 AM
It is easier to learn to sit with the horse in sitting trot without stirrups, as you can balance yourself, sit the movement and don't have to think about the stirrups running away.. usually also happens because at the start we all subconsciously cramp a little with our legs when start learning sitting trot, and that makes the stirrups run away..
The next step is to hold the stirrups too, that actually means that you have advanced a step further, as you can sit with your legs in the correct positions and move the horse, stay balanced etc.
I first trotted a while with no stirrups on a horse that was very hard to sit. Then I got another horse, and as she needed to thin down, then after a proper warm up I just started doing lots and lots of sitting trot.. just try and sit correctly as much as I can... now its always a lot easier.. :) So you willl get there.. the main thing is to remember that legs are stretched down and you sit with the horse :)
    09-08-2013, 08:52 AM
I can't even do it with stirrups...

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