First Lesson at the Trot

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    10-23-2009, 11:22 PM
First Lesson at the Trot

I was wondering what everyone's first experience at the trot was when you were learning to ride. I had my first lesson at the trot today while on a longe line. I knew it would be difficult, but I was surprised at how difficult it was. My heels were all over the place, I was bouncing all over the place, and then my instructor said something that clicked.

She said "even though the horse is moving up and down, there is a small movement of forward and backward that you'll feel in the saddle, just focus on that movement and move your lower body with it" least it was something to that extent, I'm sure I butchered her words and made her sound like a complete idiot. Anyway, once I focused on that movement and could really feel myself moving with it the ride felt so much smoother. My heels were still a little out of control, but it was progress.

So anyway, what were your experiences? Was there something that made it click whether it be during an early lesson or years down the road?
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    10-24-2009, 01:47 AM
I used to think that my leg had to be soooo still to start with, and I really wanted to be perfect from the start, so that really hindered me. However, once I started to relax a bit and ride a trust-worthy schoolmaster I got it. It took a while, but I finally learnt how to rise to the trot.
    10-24-2009, 04:35 AM
I started riding on a 4th level dressage horse who had a terrible trot (but a canter to die for). I guess it wasn't terrible, just B I G and really hard to post. Learning on the lunge line is great, you don't have to think about anything but feeling the movement of the horse. I have a schoolmaster now with the dreamiest trot ever. I used to hate trotting because posting was so hard for me, now I hardly even think about it and we have the best time trotting all around the arena.
    10-24-2009, 05:45 AM
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My first lesson at the trot was before I was born. I remember being shaken like a washing machine when my mom was sitting the trot.
    10-24-2009, 06:57 AM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
My first lesson at the trot was before I was born. I remember being shaken like a washing machine when my mom was sitting the trot.
haha this was the same for me!

But seriously, I can't remember. It wouldn't have been a lesson, just mucking around at home on my pony.
    10-24-2009, 09:53 AM
Originally Posted by pmclamb    
She said "even though the horse is moving up and down, there is a small movement of forward and backward that you'll feel in the saddle, just focus on that movement and move your lower body with it"...
I've heard folks also think of being in a rocking chair.

The key, though, is to really relax your lower body and not think too much. Thinking tends to make your body stiff and that will make the trot difficult (and uncomfortable). Take a deep breath, relax and your body will naturally follow the horse.
    10-24-2009, 10:01 AM
Trotting is my arch enemy! I've always ended up doing the pogo stick bounce instead of that nice smooth sitting trot. Lol

I've been taking lessons for a few months and although for the past few months I havn't been able to focus on trotting, posting makes life soo much easier!!! Sitting the trot has gotten a bit better but I mentally have to go through my whole body ensuring that everything is relaxed.
    10-25-2009, 10:11 PM
I started feeling like I was really exaggerating my hip movements to follow the saddle. It seemed to smooth out for a couple of strides but then I would lose it. I think a large part of that is my lack of strength both in my core and legs. It was definitely better today than it was the first time.
    10-25-2009, 10:17 PM
Green Broke
I can't remember mine but I'm pretty sure from what my Aunty says I annoucned it was "Bouncy!"
    10-27-2009, 12:56 PM
Yea my first time was also pretty bouncy, and I was off center as well. I do remember that after a few laps around the ring, I started getting the hang of it.

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