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post #1 of 7 Old 06-22-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Who woulda thought I'd master sitting trot by

Riding the bounciest horse at the stables bareback!

Couldn't get to grips with sitting trot at all! And I've been riding once or twice a week for a year now, so I was obviously getting a little frustrated that I couldn't link the hip movements with the horse's trot

Decided to have a random bareback lesson because I'd never ridden bareback before

And voila!!

So happy

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-24-2012, 02:41 PM
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Congratulations! LOTS of bareback riding is what taught me to balance and sit the trot. It's a great feeling when you figure it out for sure!
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-30-2012, 08:36 PM
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Riding without stirrups helps a lot too! I was the same and still have my moments, but riding without stirrups and bareback riding will really help you out on that.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-30-2012, 08:40 PM
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Congrats! I wish I could have caught on with bareback rides.. it just made me brace more :/

Love how everyone learns differently!

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-02-2012, 09:32 AM
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Maybe I will try that too... I'm AWFUL at the sitting trot! I've even tried no stirrups.... It doesn't help that the horse I ride is SUPER bouncy.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-03-2012, 06:27 PM
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I got used to it by lot's and lot's of no stirrups work, focusing on not gripping with my legs and going with my horses movement, plus doing trot poles and small jumps. It also helps that my horse is extremely bouncy, so I really needed to master it. Whenever I'm having trouble sitting I immediately drop my stirrups for at least 30 minutes.

I usually trail ride bareback at the walk, but my horse hates trotting/cantering bareback, even with the most balanced riders.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-03-2012, 06:39 PM
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Try an extended trot....sitting, then come & tell me what you mastered, lol.
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