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    04-27-2007, 05:11 PM
Help with sitting trot!

I'm just a novice so this is going to sound really really dumb.

I've been learning the sitting trot and I find it really hard to stay in constant contact with the saddle (like you do in walk). I get "bounced" out of the seat very slightly (at least, that's what it feels like...). Is the perfect sitting trot, remaining in complete contact with the saddle (like in walk) or do you get lifted out of the seat slightly? And if not, where can I improve?
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    04-27-2007, 05:33 PM
A good sitting trot should be like the walk. You just really have to work on being relaxed and to go with the motion of the horse so that you aren't bouncing.That should really help Good Luck
    04-28-2007, 02:57 AM
Try crossing the sturrips over your pommel, I do that when I find that i'm all over the saddle
    04-28-2007, 07:06 AM
I still haven't yet mastered the sitting trot. With most horses I have mastered it, but Salut has a very bouncy trot AND canter, with makes for a rough ride!

Just go with the flow of the horse, as somebody else said before. You could also try pretending you're glued to the saddle.
    04-28-2007, 07:40 AM
Thanks for all your help. I found a site for new riders, which has given me some excercises to try out without a horse. A big problem with my advance in horse riding is the fact I only have half an hour a week, which really restricts my rate of progress.

I'm going to ask if I can use Bobby, because last time I rode him I noticed just how comfortable his trot is compared to Sunny's.
    04-28-2007, 10:57 AM
Ya it also helps to practice if you have more time and with a smoother horse until you master it.
    04-28-2007, 11:00 AM
This comes with the time and the practice
    04-28-2007, 06:46 PM
Wow, you're all so nice and helpful on this forum! Thanks loads!
    04-28-2007, 07:23 PM
I also recommend to ride without stirrups for a while.

You have to imagine your butt and hips being more fluid. You can't use your muscles to firmly, or it will make the bouce out much stronger. Think DEEEEEEEP SEEEAAAAtt heels down, open your hips up. :)
    04-29-2007, 07:19 AM
If you want to improve sitting trot, get somebody to lunge your horse with you on it, that way, you can work on your balance, and not have to worry about your horse.

Some great things to remember when sitting to the trot without stirrups is:

Long and Loose legs - tight legs will just make you bounce around even more.

Lean back a bit - it will help keep you balanced and bit comfier, lets face it, bouncy horses are not fun to sit to!

Sit deep in the saddle - for balance.

If you get lunged on your horse, you can also hold onto the horn of the saddle, and pull yourself down and hold yourself that you can sort of get the feel a bit better.

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