Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
The key to trotting (and riding in general) without bouncing and getting sore in many places down there is to really relax your hips and legs. When I started riding, I was always thinking about all the stuff they tell you about position, heels down/etc/etc/etc, and it made my back/hips/legs stiff and tense, and I was always 'bouncy' and sore everywhere. One day, I decided to 'just ride' and not think about it...and when you are not thinking about it and your lower body is relaxed, you'll find that your body will naturally follow the horse's motion and you'll feel great after.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.