Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
Questions about sitting trot
My horse was previously trained in Western disciplines. That being said, he has a very nice easy going trot. I will get him a little above a jog, but comfortably below a working trot, and get him to work long and low on the bit. I was told this is good for their muscles and getting them to push up into the bit. I am more able to do this sitting, as it allows me to squeeze him up into the bit with my legs and hold him there more easily. He frames up nice and around the arena we go. Now, mind you, i am about 110 pounds and i'm riding in a saddle that fits him properly. One of the girls in the arena trots by me and says: "you're going to ruin your horses' back by sitting the trot". What is that all about? It made me think... what if i AM hurting my horses back by sitting the trot? I don't know a ton about sitting trot, but heck, they do it in dressage and those horses go around just fine. What do ya'll think?
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