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post #1 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Do you sit or post to the trot more?

To elaborate on my question, I was just interested to see if people sit the trot more often or if you rise/post to the trot more.

Being a dressage rider, I tend to do sitting trot for most of my rides with the exception of the warm-up (I do not sit on my horse's back until she is ready) and when giving my horse a break during the ride. I find myself to be more able to influence my horse when sitting.
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 03:01 AM
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lol, i have a Qh so i always sit, its there to be sat to

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post #3 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 03:04 AM
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I have a young Tb mare who is in her ifrst year of being ridden so I do posting trot to keep off her back but keep a rythem. :)
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post #4 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 03:06 AM
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Also a dressage rider. It depends on the level of horse that I'm riding. If I'm riding a youngster that hasn't have it's back as established as a more experienced horse, then I will rise for the majority of the ride until I feel that the horse is ready to take my weight completely.
If I am riding the more experienced horse though, I will rise for about 50% of my ride including my warmup, and the last few minutes of trot work when I allow the horse to go long and long.
As the OP said, in sit trot there is more control. It is far easier to control to tempo, you can feel slight variations in the gait and have more influence over the hindlegs.
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post #5 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 03:07 AM
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i post as my horses trot is quite uncomfortable :)
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 12:33 PM
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I Post in the saddle...Sit bareback.. My horse's trot is AMAZING bareback.. but my saddles not comfy.
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post #7 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 12:38 PM
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It depends on the horse for me. My Toby has a very smooth trot that is easy to sit, so I usually sit his. However, my husband's draft cross has a horrible trot and his is much easier to post to rather than sit.

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post #8 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 12:47 PM
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I post my trot....even though in western, you aren't supposed to, that rule was meant to be followed for people with quarter horses, lol. I have a TB
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post #9 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 12:50 PM
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I sit the most, I feel like I can collect better at the sitting trot.

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post #10 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 04:02 PM
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if i ride Swoop i sit mostly bc when he trots its like he's floating. when i ride Petey i tend to post more bc his stride is so big and choppy, until hes warmed up a lot and working nicely collected.

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