Originally Posted by Caitlinpalomino
Sorry I wasnt very specific!
I can either rise up and down in the saddle ( I call it sit trot) or I can sit in the saddle and either way it is comfortable for me.
'Sitting' in the saddle is easier for me but would it be comfortable for my mare or should I just rise up and down in the saddle anyway.
Sweetness, the first one you describe is a posting trot. You post (rise up). The other one where you sit in the saddle is known as the sitting trot.
Mainly, rising trot is easier on the horse's back IF you don't have a quiet seat. But either one, if you do it properly, won't hurt your horse :) Just a different way of riding the same gait.
In some shows, you can get away with posting, but when you are doing more advanced english-y shows, they may require you to do a sitting trot (sit the trot instead of rise.)
Hope I helped!