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    07-09-2012, 01:13 AM
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Foal
Help me master the trot!

Does anyone have good advice for staying on my horse while I am in a trot? I am newly learning how to ride and am wondering if anyone has any good tips. Thank you!
     
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    07-09-2012, 01:23 AM
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Trained
Have someone lunge you while you are on your horse bareback. Once you master that, try it with no hands, you will develop a seat.
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    07-09-2012, 01:41 AM
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Do you ski? Snow or water ski? Do you skateboard? Ride a bike?

All of those things require you to learn how to "ride" a thing that can move independent from you. You learn how to keep your balance over the freely moving thing, while kind of 'absorbing" the motion. That is what it takes to ride a trot well. Time and practice and the same kind of "riding" feeling as the sports I mentioned above.
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    07-09-2012, 11:04 PM
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Foal
I know it will take time I am just having a hard time staying in my seat and was curious if anyone had any tips or tricks.
     
    07-10-2012, 12:59 PM
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Foal
Trotting can be hard to get the hang of! Like skiing, it sometimes clicks, but usually it just takes a lot of practice and time.

I'd suggest focusing on your heels. Sinking into them is what will really help you stay in your seat, even when you're posting--focus on keeping your heels and legs in the same position, as a lot of beginners tend to move them up and down as they post and that's what can be really unbalancing. Focus on sinking into your heels and gripping with your calves will help. Also, take deep breaths and make sure you're sitting upright rather than leaning too far forward--a natural response to trotting is leaning forward, but it'll really get you off balance so try and focus on sitting upright or leaning a teeny bit further back (like a dressage rider) to keep your balance.

And yes, trying it on the lunge line is good--that way you won't have to worry about your hands and steering and such, but can focus on keeping your seat. It's a lot of things to do at once, so it helps if you can be on the lunge! Good luck :)
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    07-10-2012, 01:03 PM
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Trained
Ride without stirrups on a trusty lesson horse, and have your instructor control where the horse goes. It's best to lunge, but I use to drive my lesson horses forward when my students where learning their aids, and the horse was either insensitive or just taking babysitting care of the rider. This IS what you want from a lesson horse, btw.
It's going to take you thousands of hours to be immediately comfortable at the trot, so don't expect too much, too soon. I found that the more athletic my student, the faster he/she picked up a good seat, so cross-train and develop your core and your legs, too.
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