Originally Posted by Finalcanter
Ugh, this is my fault. I've been rising wrong for a few lessons and never brought up the issue with my instructor. This waste time and money.. Someone had said to grip with your inner thigh; but can someone just clarify? I am confused now on the whole mechanic of the posting trot. If you just sit with your heels down, that's just a sitting trot, so how do you rise?
It really sucks that I can't do anything about this until I am at the stables. Maybe the fault is on my instructor..but I'm more likely to blame myself. Sorry for bringing all my grief onto any of you with annoying questions. I feel like I should be learning faster because of my lesson limitations and it's really bothering me. I'm sorry if I may have missed something in someone's post about this issue (I'm not ignoring you, I just have trouble reading and concentrating at the same time, if that makes sense to any of you..) I'll honestly take my slow time to take notes on each post here.
In my opinion I would say don't grip with your inner thighs. At all. Not even at a sitting trot. At a sitting trot you are simply relaxing your body and using you abdominal and back muscles to absorb the motion of the horse. Don't grip, don't tighten up, or you will end up bouncing about.
At a posting trot you are rising up with the leg on the wall, and coming down with the inside leg. All without gripping with your thighs, knees, or calves. Impulsion at a horses trot will naturally bring you out of the saddle, so learning the sitting trot first is best, so you can learn to feel the horses movements.