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post #11 of 13 Old 01-11-2014, 10:22 AM
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I are with ecasey's, first forget about your position, do not jam your heels down or grip with your thighs, reins in one hand, with the other pull up on the front of the saddle as if you are trying to pull the saddle off his back, lean back so that you are almost sitting on the top of the crack of your butt and shove your feet forward.
This is not the correct way to ride but it does teach you how to sit deep by balance and allows the concussion to be absorbed through the spine because you are not gripping with anything causing tension. Once you can do this and feel that you are not bouncing, keep the backward position and let go with the hand holding the saddle. Once that is established you can start to sit up and bring your legs under you and you will have a good sitting trot forever.
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To my knowledge I am the only person who can ride my horses sitting trot and make it look somewhat easy- it's not. It is the worst thing in the world because he is just a bouncy guy. I prefer the posting trot any day. And that's in no way a bad thing, sometimes with certain horses you'll actually be expending more energy trying to sit their trot than just posting. It's been proven that posting is easier on a horses back and kidneys anyways.

OP you've gotten some great advice but I wonder if you could provide a vid to help you out a bit more with your specific riding habits?

Good luck- you'll sure have abs of steel in a short while!
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To my knowledge I am the only person who can ride my horses sitting trot and make it look somewhat easy- it's not. It is the worst thing in the world because he is just a bouncy guy. I prefer the posting trot any day. And that's in no way a bad thing, sometimes with certain horses you'll actually be expending more energy trying to sit their trot than just posting. It's been proven that posting is easier on a horses back and kidneys anyways.
Amen.
And with some horse it's just not worth it even if you can't "technical" sit it's trot. Riding shouldn't be that much work and posting is so easy anyway.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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