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post #1 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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My hands keep rising with me on my sitting trot

After 12 years hiatus, I'm back to the dark side and enjoying every minute!!

One of the big issue my trainer said I have was my hands when trotting. It tends to go up and down with the trot. Which is absolutely horrible.. I kinda member this comment way back the as well. Is this a common beginner issue? Any suggestions on fixing it? I keep this in mind, but there are a gazillion things I have to think about when riding...

Also,lesson horses- are they all lazy and not wanting to move?? My muscles are not strong enough to squeeze yet, so I have to kick him "left right, left right" to make it walk faster. I felt like I have to squeeze every time I sit down on the trot or else he won't continue to trot. Let lesson (very first after the long long break), I only had to trot little bit. This week, she had me ride in the big arena, and trotting half of it (not quite doing circles yet) and why was it difficult to turn in the middle of the ring and to have him stay on a straight line and continue trotting difficult?? I did it but it was hard work!!!

Any tips? I can't wait till I can canter again!
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 11:48 AM
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Relax your elbows, shoulders and wrists. For now, find a place on the horse's neck and put your knuckles on it. If you can't feel the neck on your knuckles, your hands are moving.

You're at the stage of riding where you have to learn to relax in order to follow the horse.
Also, you can put a leather strap across the cantle, clipped on the d rings and hold it with your inside hand to steady your upper body.

These are all temporary until you have the strength and balance to stay still, then you will want to clean up your equitation.
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 11:48 AM
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Well done - i'm back in the saddle after a 25 year break - and 5 lessons later and i'm going to be cantering on Wednesday. I found (I ride english) that the sitting trot helped to push forward - when I found the right seat, the horse went whoosh! Then I bounced and lost it but practice makes perfect so they say.
I can't advise too much as it'll be like the blind leading the blind haha but i'm sure someone with more experience can help.
I did keep turning my hands in instead of keeping my thumbs on top of the reigns - my instructor had me hold the whip across the horse and held by my thumbs - that made me keep them on top as the whip aint bendy
After 5 lessons, i'm finding i'm not having to think that much about the "other stuff" - heels down, thumbs up etc so can concentrate on one thing at once, so it'll no doubt all fall into place again but if you're like me (impatient) it can't come fast enough. Seriously, if i'd have had a saddle for my OTTB i'd have jumped on her after my first lesson - and she don't like you using your legs on her so it's a good job I didn't have one xx

Also, my instructor suggested riding without stirrups - so that i'd have to grip round the horse to stay on - simulating the position i'd need to use to keep my horse riding forward with stirrups - maybe worth a try. She rode my "lazy" lesson horse after I'd had my lesson last week to show me what she meant - and believe me, that horse ain't lazy lol. X

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post #4 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both of you!! Great suggestions!! Can't wait to get back on next week. Yeah, last week, my legs were flopping like a rag doll when I was trotting (how embarrassing was that), and this week is my hands...

Also when I make the horse to turn, I tend to cross my hands over, very very bad habit, trainer said because I didn't shorten my reins enough, and I panicked.
So many things to worry about at once. If anyone tells me that horseback riding is easy I will punch the in the face.
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 12:16 PM
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At least being "older" we can have a good laugh when it goes horribly wrong and then congratulate ourselves when we get it rightxx
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My title of the thread was a mistake, my hands rises in both posting trot and sitting trot....
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post #7 of 21 Old 07-16-2013, 12:54 PM
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hook your pinky in a bit of mane so your hands don't move.

However, you need to relax your hands and feel your horse's mouth.. as well as feeling how he moves under you. Contact with a horse only need be hard sometimes.. mostly you need to be firm and soft with hands.. seat.. and so forth. This allows flexibility and control at the same time. If that makes any sort of sense.
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-17-2013, 05:26 PM
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At home, take two coffee cups, fill with hot coffee and walk around house while holding them.

The motion you use to keep from sloshing coffee out will be same one used to divorce your hands/wrists/elbows/shoulders.

And will still your hands.

You can of course use water? But coffee gets the point across better.
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post #9 of 21 Old 07-17-2013, 05:35 PM
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^ Hahaha, Yes.

Imagine you are holding two wine glasses, (Or hot coffee ) and you don't want any to spill.

A lot of this comes with just relaxing with the horse. Finding the comfort of moving your body with them. Imagine your spine and your lower leg stretching and absorbing the "bounce" of the trot. Once this part of your body relaxes, you might find your arms relax too.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-22-2013, 10:19 PM
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I'm sitting here trying to think of how I did it...I think I happened to have the 'oh crap strap' attached, and I slipped my pinkies under it. You could also grab a bit of mane, but I would never notice I was pulling .
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