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post #21 of 27 Old 07-06-2013, 09:55 PM
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My guy's conformation is a bit straight. When he came to me he couldn't hardly trot in a straight line with a rider and his trot actually resulted in me pulling groin muscles more than once just trying to stay on. It was horrible. With a million and one transitions and teaching to carry a rider and himself, it's now passable. I doubt it will ever be fanstastic, but it's a million times better. We're even working on a 'jog' now, something I could only dream of a year ago.

Relax, work on yourself on other horses with better trots, work on him, but I might also consider just posting and giving both of you a break too. Some horses just don't have an easy trot.
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post #22 of 27 Old 07-06-2013, 10:26 PM
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I'd say it's likely due to how he's built, though I'd make sure that he's rounding up through his back and keeping him slower (more like a jog than a trot) will help some. Some horses are just rough...and others are really rough LOL. I've rode several horses that had one gait that was just awful. One mare had a phenomenal trot but her lope was like riding a jackhammer in the back of a pickup with no shocks going 40 mph over a row of speedbumps LOL. I've got 2 geldings right now that their lopes are amazing, smooth, and ground covering, but their trots will jar the fillings right out of your teeth.

It's just something that you sort of have to get used to. If you haven't done it yet, you might want to get video and just see how it looks. I know before I started videoing some of my rides, I was convinced that I must look like a ragdoll up there on some horses. Surprisingly enough, I actually looked good on them, even when I felt like I was on the verge of flopping off their side.
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If he is sound and tack is fitting correctly and he's still rough then it truly is just something you will have to get used to. Post. Lol. My saddle horse is a quarter/percheron cross and his trot is rough. When he gets cranky he can throw himself into a ground covering-leave your guts on the ground a mile behind you trot that will be faster than a run. He's 11 , I've had him since he was 4mos its not gonna change. Its better when he gets all collected up and has a good rhythm but really I thinks its just that I've become accustom to it. My Bf can't ride him. He watches me ride and can't understand how come I can sit him and he doesn't look rough. But it because I'm used to him. You probably don't look that uncoordinated either. Working on collection and serpentines does help but mostly its just getting relaxed and finding your seat.
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post #24 of 27 Old 07-07-2013, 07:25 PM
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My appaloosa had a really rough trot. How I learned to sit it: Really I stopped using stirrups for awhile! It was highly motivating. :) Seriously though I found the more I rode without stirrups the better my leg and overall balance was, and the better my seat became. Next thing I knew, I could sit Mercury's jackhammer trot.
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post #25 of 27 Old 07-09-2013, 05:45 PM
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Is he straight shouldered with straight pasterns? If so he is built to trot roughly, not going to change that.

And it may be that you are riding the saddle instead of the horse which will make trot hard to sit too.

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post #26 of 27 Old 07-09-2013, 06:22 PM
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Ohhhh... those memories! My guy is 17.2 with the conformation of a freight train:

It took probably 6 months of conditioning, teaching him to use his back properly and trotting, trotting, trotting. Finally we found that sweet spot! It's slow and smooth and suits my old bones just fine. But an extended trot will loosen your teeth! Just keep at it and you'll be happy you did
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post #27 of 27 Old 07-09-2013, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Boo Walker View Post
Ohhhh... those memories! My guy is 17.2 with the conformation of a freight train:

It took probably 6 months of conditioning, teaching him to use his back properly and trotting, trotting, trotting. Finally we found that sweet spot! It's slow and smooth and suits my old bones just fine. But an extended trot will loosen your teeth! Just keep at it and you'll be happy you did

HOLY straight back!

No kidding, train indeed.... does steam come out his nose when he blows?
Tall dark 'n handsome fella, though :)
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