How do you do a trot?

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        07-09-2013, 09:03 AM
    How do you do a trot?

    I would really appreciate it. :)
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        07-09-2013, 09:12 AM
    Do you mean how do ask a horse to pick up a trot? Or how do you post/sit at a trot?
        07-09-2013, 09:15 AM
    Both please :)
        07-09-2013, 09:44 AM
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        07-09-2013, 09:48 AM
    Thanks Boo Walker! This helps a lot!
        07-09-2013, 12:18 PM
    Green Broke
    You can read 100s of threads on this but my best advice would be to give it a go and your rhythm and balance will come in time.

    Start off holding the front of the saddle and squeeze with your legs to ask your horse tp trot. Start off in sitting trot until you feel the need to rise, you should get the need to rise (post) as sitting trot is uncomfortable! You should sit when your horse's outside leg (closest to wall) comes back and rise when it is forward.

    With practice, it'll be the most natural thing in the world!
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        07-09-2013, 12:20 PM
    Thank you so much! :)
        07-09-2013, 04:35 PM
    Hmmmmm, if you've never trotted before, on any horse,,I'd strongly suggest getting at least a friend to help you experience it the first time. Most instructors will have a novice (even if just novice at the trot!) ask for the trot the first time while on a line. So, someone is holding the horse on an at least a 22 foot line. Have a halter and a bridle on the horse, but the bridle is more of a safety net with the line snapped onto the halter. This way you don't have to try to think about steering along with the new sensation of going faster and possibly bouncing quite a bit. (dont know how smooth, or rough your horses trot will be !) It will help your confidence as well as probably keeping the horse calmer, in case he gets 'up' a bit when he increases his gait,,and/or feeds off of your emotions (if you feel a bit unconfident).
    Good luck! Stay safe. Have fun.
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        07-09-2013, 04:39 PM
    Pointers to keep in mind:
    Don't lean forward with your shoulders (makes you more bouncy and more at risk to come off if he spooks)
    Keep your shoulders pretty much in line with your hips
    Keep your 'toes in ,heels down'--tip-toes in comes from the knee not the ankle! And heels down is a 'drop' down rather than a push down--takes practice ...
    Keep your elbows close to your body-not out like wings--a natural tendency to regain balance when feeling the bounce, but NOT helpful

    An instructor or experienced friend to help would be your best bet
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        07-09-2013, 05:56 PM
    Thank you so much! :)

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