So.. on thursday I'm going to have my third riding lesson, when I'll ride in trot with a string, in a circle. My teacher said that my position is very good and for others it takes months to get my position.
Now, I'm a little afraid of the trot because I heard it's very bumpy, and the posting doesn't look so easy. So, I need to know some stuff.
1. How to make a horse go into trot?
2. Is trot actually that bumpy and difficult?
3. Some tips&tricks on how to trot better?
4. How to post properly?
5. What does 'sitting' a trot mean and how to do it?
Okay, thanks and sorry if they're too many questions and if the category is wrong ewe.
Congratulations for entering the horsey world!
I'll try to answer your questions to the best of my abilities.
1. It varies depending on the horse/training methods. I squeeze mine with my upper thigh/calf and if they don't respond give a little kick (I also cluck with my mouth). Your trainer will let you know how he/she does things!
2. Yet again it depends on the horse. I've been on some horses that were very smooth, others that were rough. lol I didn't find it difficult when I started it just felt different and a bit fast but trust me, it's really not.
3. When you're trotting remember to take a deep breath, relax and move with the horse. You might bounce around a lot your first few times but trust me, everyone does it and everyone grows out of it.
4. I was always taught that the stride (you post or go up when the horses outside leg is moving forward) should move you up but you use your thighs/legs to control the severity and ease yourself down (sometimes up lol) your heels are there to absorb weight and an 'emergency handle'. Your trainer will explain it better!
5. Sitting the trot means just that. Instead of posting you'll sit it like in western riding (where it's seen most commonly). The way I was taught/teach was to relax and allow your body to go limp, when you feel comfortable imagine concrete bags tied to your butt and you cant move anywhere but back and forth, this can be described as to lowering your center of gravity to your hips/butt. Your spine should distribute the shock but no part of your body should be severely stiff (but keep correct posture!) and bounce around too much.
Don't worry your trainer will show/explain it to you! Have fun!