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post #11 of 27 Old 06-23-2013, 11:00 PM
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^^^ What a great exercise for both horse and rider.
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post #12 of 27 Old 06-23-2013, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
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.

I'm going to link you a video

How to ride sitting trot with Anna Ross Davies. - YouTube
I couldn't watch past the rider's flapping heels. I HATE that.

Some horses are just rough. The horse I had was so rough, I didn't even like posting her trot. In fact, since she wasn't a show horse, I rarely used her trot at all. I walked or I cantered. Riding her bent smoothed her out somewhat, but not all.
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
I couldn't watch past the rider's flapping heels. I HATE that.
Yeah I notice that on a lot of advanced riders.

But the point of this exercise is to approach sitting trot not like "I GOTTA GET THIS DONE" but more like "I'm going to ease into this and not push past what I am not ready for"

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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Ok, I went back and made myself watch it. That horse has a lot of suspension and a huge stride, not a rough trot.

I do see what she's doing opening her hip angle and loosening her back to follow his motion. That's great on a horse that doesn't shake you up like a blender. I had a friend who was a very accomplished dressage rider, ride Lady for me to see if she could give me some insight into sitting her rough trot. SHE couldn't sit it for more than a few strides it was so bone jarring. She had a very straight shoulder and short pasterns.....NO shock absorption, LOL!

Anyhow, she was a wonderful horse and had 4 other lovely gaits, walk, extended walk, lope and canter. I just gritted my teeth and mostly got into a good 2 point when I needed to trot a few strides. She was a lot of fun and despite her awful trot, I loved to ride her and wish she was still with me.

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post #15 of 27 Old 06-24-2013, 12:58 AM
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Definitely some trots are harder to sit than others, but yeah shouldn't spend hours trying to force yourself to "get it" like the OP did. If the horse is not accepting you sitting on their back (as in they are nice and relaxed and swingy) then.. no amount of time will make that better. Only easing into it.

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I like that exercise, I'll have to try that with Ben and his huge trot.
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Haha... One of my lesson horses had a bulldozing bone jarring trot and canter, he was an old Thoroughbred with all straight angles as far as I can remember. Excellent lesson horse, he was bombproof, never sped up or gave any mischief besides wanting to go ahead of other horses in group sessions. My trainer told me has one of the best athletic canters (I don't think I ever got the chance to ride him when my stiffness faded, but I did get a glimpse some times).
I would fall off that sucker like a booger, I would just get bounced so hard my whole body locked up and I would slide off to the side. I looked ridiculous coming off.
I would really have to relax, roll my shoulders back, and "find my seat" as my trainer would tell me tirelessly. The gelding had the tendency to sleep through the lesson or be a little lazy, I dreaded the idea of making him go faster but it did help waking him up and getting him moving more, so that his stride covered more ground and it wasn't just bang, bang, bang every time his hoof landed. He's a workman's horse... and tbh, I never really liked him much compared to the mares I rode. I liked the bratty Welsh greenbroke more than him x)
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If you can't ride bareback, you're not going to be able to sit the trot. Sounds like you have no idea how to go about doing that. Get the saddle off and give it a try. Try not to hurt yourself.
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The horse I ride has a very rough trot as well.

I've been working on slowing her down as she's an OTSB and can trot at about 35mph. It's helping a bit but even when she slows down it's still hard to sit.

I even took some video of myself- I look horrible!
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Can you post a good conformation shot of him?

I'm going to guess that it's probably from the way he's built.
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