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        08-19-2013, 04:22 AM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Clava    
    To slow the trot you slow the rise (if rising or posting), this should be the first thing you do before applying the reins, the horse will slow to be in time with you as long as your seat is strong.
    I try this, but I'm finding it really hard! I'm focusing on slowing my post, but I can't seem to really slow it down. I feel like I'm just sitting harder, not more slowly, when I try, and I obviously don't want to do that.
         
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        08-19-2013, 04:52 AM
      #12
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    Originally Posted by SammysMom    
    I try this, but I'm finding it really hard! I'm focusing on slowing my post, but I can't seem to really slow it down. I feel like I'm just sitting harder, not more slowly, when I try, and I obviously don't want to do that.
    Support your seat with your core muscles and move slower, this might mean the saddle bumps a few times until the horse slows to your time, the idea is not for the horse to dictate the pace and you rise as you are thrown up, but to take control of it.
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        08-19-2013, 01:34 PM
      #13
    Foal
    One thing my trainer always tells me, and that seems to work with all the horses I have trotted so far is to sit down 'heavier' when posting. So basically, when you sit, try to sit down with more weight, and use your core a little less, just for a few strides. The horse will slow down. I'm not saying you should slump back in the saddle like a bag of potatoes, but just try to sit a fraction of a second longer and heavier while posting.
         
        08-19-2013, 01:54 PM
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    Originally Posted by SammysMom    
    I try this, but I'm finding it really hard! I'm focusing on slowing my post, but I can't seem to really slow it down. I feel like I'm just sitting harder, not more slowly, when I try, and I obviously don't want to do that.
    On the contrary, you do want to sit harder. I mean, the whole idea of slowing your posting is that your horse will feel that he is out of sync with you becuae you'll be bumping down pretty hard becuase you are going down while he is coming up. If you ignore the way this feels bad, bad, bad, and stick with it, he will slow down to match you. Especially if you pair this with calm, persistant vision of the speed you want to go, paired with the counting and BREATHE out and thinks, slow, slow, slow. Ignore his attempts to avoid your rythm and just keep encouraging him to come and meet you where you ARE. When he does meet you at that rythm, go with him a few steps and then let him have a longer rein and reward let him come to a walk and walk on a loose rein. Pet him and let him know how nice that all was.
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        08-21-2013, 08:53 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Ah! Thanks, you three! Reading those posts kind of gave me a "lightbulb" moment. I had been trying specifically to keep from sitting too hard on him, which means I was holding myself so he probably couldn't even tell I was trying to move more slowly -_-

    It makes a lot of sense now that I get it, of course, that if he actually feels me coming down on him he'll slow to my pace and then I won't have to sit so hard anymore.
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