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post #1 of 27 Old 06-23-2013, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Super rough trot..

My paint horse stallion has a really, really rough trot. I've been riding horses for about 14 years now, (I'm 18). I've never ridden a horse with this bad of a trot. I seriously can't sit it. I've tried everyday for a week, atleast 4 hours a day. I've slowed his trot & kept his head down, a little better then but still rough. I'm not sure if using a tie down to keep his head a little lower would help or what. He goes from that horrible trot to a nice, nice canter! He's Western, used for roping, reining, herding, barrel racing, western pleasure, trails, mounted shooting, etc. I love him to death but I DESPISE his trot, he makes me feel like a horrible rider. Any help on how to maybe sit it out, or anything, would be appreciated. (:

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I feel your pain.

My husband had a horse with an awful trot and a not so hot lope, either. The horse came to be named "Bomber" because those two gaits were so rough. His walk was a fantastic, ground covering, swinging stride. Worse, we were on a 30,000 acre grazing association, so days could end up long.

Anyway, I did take time to work on muscling certain areas of his hind legs. The horse and I did utilize circling and transitions in speed to help him gather himself (show ring collection is not quite desirable in a working ranch setting). And, I worked on my own trunk strength. I also assessed him for alignment, which was fine. Even some neuro soft signs, which were also fine.

A lot of his way of going was due to his conformation. Slightly butt-high. Thick legs, and his pastern/shoulder angles were a bit straight, but not crippling. Large shoulders. Prominent withers.

Still, Bomber was my go to horse when I thought we might have to doctor large stock. That horse was a great partner. I wonder what he would have said about my riding? Probably critique my conformation! Lol
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I feel your pain.

My husband had a horse with an awful trot and a not so hot lope, either. The horse came to be named "Bomber" because those two gaits were so rough. His walk was a fantastic, ground covering, swinging stride. Worse, we were on a 30,000 acre grazing association, so days could end up long.

Anyway, I did take time to work on muscling certain areas of his hind legs. The horse and I did utilize circling and transitions in speed to help him gather himself (show ring collection is not quite desirable in a working ranch setting). And, I worked on my own trunk strength. I also assessed him for alignment, which was fine. Even some neuro soft signs, which were also fine.

A lot of his way of going was due to his conformation. Slightly butt-high. Thick legs, and his pastern/shoulder angles were a bit straight, but not crippling. Large shoulders. Prominent withers.

Still, Bomber was my go to horse when I thought we might have to doctor large stock. That horse was a great partner. I wonder what he would have said about my riding? Probably critique my conformation! Lol
He's a great horse & I trust him to do basically anything, I just feel like I look sort of, idiotic, on his trot, because I can't sit it. I've tried trotting him for three or four hours at a time to try & sit it out. I sit up straight, keep my heels down, I've tried to squeeze more with my upper thighs, didn't help.. tried leaning back deeper in the seat, didn't help. He has high withers, for a Paint horse I think. He's completely sound in everyway though.

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Try bending him to the inside when you're riding in a round pen or ring. The idea is to bring his head a little to the inside and bend him around your leg, so you're riding more ) than l, but still going down the straight side of the arena. I had a mare who was so rough I never could sit her trot, but bending her did help some.

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post #5 of 27 Old 06-23-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Try bending him to the inside when you're riding in a round pen or ring. The idea is to bring his head a little to the inside and bend him around your leg, so you're riding more ) than l, but still going down the straight side of the arena. I had a mare who was so rough I never could sit her trot, but bending her did help some.
Okay, thank you! I'll try that this afternoon.

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post #6 of 27 Old 06-23-2013, 06:08 PM
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Learn to post!!!

No I don't think a tie down would help, that will not add in anyway to the softness that might improve things for you. Bending, yielding, circle work, that is all I can think of.

Some horses just have a horrible trot, or canter, and you have to either learn to love it, or sell them on.
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Aha, posting is your friend! I also find that sitting in your half seat position helps quite a bit too!

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I love this book I have a friesian who I couldnt sit well to and it has a section on sitting to the trot/ canter etc.. I feel so much better trotting now and so does my horse. I don't know if this is the issue though... hope to have helped :)

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I posted often on Bomber. I post a lot during a typical day.
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He's a great horse & I trust him to do basically anything, I just feel like I look sort of, idiotic, on his trot, because I can't sit it. I've tried trotting him for three or four hours at a time to try & sit it out. I sit up straight, keep my heels down, I've tried to squeeze more with my upper thighs, didn't help.. tried leaning back deeper in the seat, didn't help. He has high withers, for a Paint horse I think. He's completely sound in everyway though.
To me this sounds like you are more stiff like a board than loose and allowing your hips to move with the horse's hips.

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