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    03-07-2009, 05:33 PM
Unhappy Trying to teach my mom how to trot!..Help

My mom is wanting to ride, like really bad. I've been giving her lunge lessons. But not to offen so now we are going to have her ride every day.

Any ways she is sooooo hard to teach the trot.
She has her seat postition right, her heals are down everything looks fine, so then we go onto some sitting trot, she will pull up on the reins and pull her leg/heels up then ofcourse she leans forward and Gypsy will stop.
So my mom wouldnt stop pulling on the reins and Gypsy needs soft hands or you get miss meany!

I then tied the reins up and did the lesson my mom got the trot and did really good she started going around the whole circle at the trot and what not. But now she doesnt want to hold on to the saddle, she wants to get better. NOW she will hold her arms out and flap them, or do circles with them, she also raises her heels. And ofcourse she will loose her balance and tip forward.

Im not going to give the reins back until she stops doing weird things with her arms ( oh man its just to funny to watch, im cracking up right now!) We can't use another horse either we only got the one. And Gypsy isnt bad or anything like that, she just hates her mouth being hung all over.

She does the posting trot really well at the walk, she also has a good jumping position. Its just this whole trotting.... I don't know what kind of excersizes to give her or how to help her with this. I've only tought little kids and they pick it up so fast and easy.

...Oh and I do at the trot say one,two or up,down. To help her get the rythem. Then I was like wait you can say it your self, so she did and then she started say one, toot, one toot, one toot. Oh she's to funny, the poor thing.
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    03-07-2009, 07:49 PM
Have you taught her the rising (posting) trot?
    03-07-2009, 08:31 PM
Haha sounds like fun in a way. I can imagine what teachin my mum would be like if she didn't already know the basics. I think the lessons without reins (on the lunge line) are a very good idea and I would keep doing that until she is able to keep her balance. It's not a great idea for her to learn to balance by hanging on the reins.

My instructor last week got us all to post trot but then put the reins in one hand and hold one arm out and do circles whist continuing to post. Then swap over to the other side. This was excellent for working on balance. So maybe ask your mum to hold the pommel with just one hand and do circles with the other, then swap. Then when she gets better at that ask her to do it with both hands. This will mean she feels a little bit less 'babyish about having to hang onto the saddle as she has still got one hand free.
    03-07-2009, 09:39 PM
Originally Posted by wanderlust    
have you taught her the rising (posting) trot?
"She does the posting trot really well at the walk, she also has a good jumping position. Its just this whole trotting.... I don't know what kind of excersizes to give her or how to help her with this. I've only tought little kids and they pick it up so fast and easy.

...Oh and I do at the trot say one,two or up,down. To help her get the rythem. Then I was like wait you can say it your self, so she did and then she started say one, toot, one toot, one toot. Oh she's to funny, the poor thing."

^^ I mentioned that in my original post...
She just can't do it at the trot, she doesnt quite get the rythem yet, and her arms go all funny and the heels come up.

-Boxer, I havent tried that! But we will give it a shot.
    03-08-2009, 09:02 AM
The key to trotting is to keep the lower body (hips and legs) relaxed so that your body naturally follows the motion of the horse...and not 'thinking' too much. Most less experienced riders I know that are taking lessions think/concentrate so much on seat/leg position, heels down, etc. that it makes their body tense and stiff and have a terrible time with the trot. I've found that working on relaxing at the trot first, then working on 'correct' position often works better than trying to do it all at once.
    03-08-2009, 06:07 PM
Thanks, it makes sence. I will try and have her think about other things, like focus more on the horse, how many beats, is she draging her hing end, hows her walk forward or lazy..ect.
    03-15-2009, 12:04 AM
This sounds like a common problem that many people have when they first learn to ride. She hasn't discovered balance or a proper seat yet. For a new person, trotting feels like you are bumping allllllllll over the place! Maybe it would be good to introduce her to the posting trot, since she hasn't aquired the balance or muscling to do the sit trot just yet. She is still getting used to the feeling of the sit trot. Tell her about the imaginary line from shoulder to bum to heel and how you need to be in a line of balance over the horse. Have her try it at a walk first -- get her to have her back straight and relaxed, heels down and toes forward. Ask her if she can feel the weight in her heels and ask her to concentrate NOT on gripping with knees but keeping a relaxed leg. Heels carry the weight.

Another thing you can try is have her stand up in her stirrups and put all the weight down into her heels, while at a walk. Tell her to come back down into the saddle slowly, and then rise back up with the weight in the heels. I found this exercise helped me alot with my leg position.

Good luck! And try and be really patient with her. It's very easy for you to see all her faults but with a new rider, sometimes everything looks wrong. It doesn't really matter at this point. Take one thing at a time and make sure to have fun!
    03-19-2009, 06:40 AM
She should keep holding onto the saddle a bit longer me thinks :P. Her funny business with moving the arms at this stage of her riding ability, is likely to be causing more harm than good as she needs to find balance. As a beginner she'd not be using the abdominal and back muscles like she will with more experience, to keep her upper body stable. Therefor she should be keeping her upper body as still as she can without being tense so that she can find her balance and engage with the rythm of your horse. If you can get her to not get ahead of herself and hold onto the saddle again she should find the rythm with more sessions. She just needs to find the rythm of riding herself and get in tune with your horse :). Posting at the trot at first, might be easier for her if she leans forwards a bit, it may seem odd to look at and even odd for her doing this, but it has helped with some people as when she sits the stride of the horse sort of catches up with the rider and CAN ease the sit for posting trot and reduce the bounce. Of course once she gets how posting works she can sit a bit better. She may still get thrown about a bit until she gets in time with your horse's trot, but it is a way which might be helpful for her to learn the trot. Her legs mightn't be all that flash and heals may come up but as long as your horse isn't too touchey with awol leg movements things should be fine.

Hope that info helps :). At least your mother's giving you some entertainment. She sounds liek she's enjoying herself :P. Goodluck!

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