Questions about sitting trot
My horse was previously trained in Western disciplines. That being said, he has a very nice easy going trot. I will get him a little above a jog, but comfortably below a working trot, and get him to work long and low on the bit. I was told this is good for their muscles and getting them to push up into the bit. I am more able to do this sitting, as it allows me to squeeze him up into the bit with my legs and hold him there more easily. He frames up nice and around the arena we go. Now, mind you, i am about 110 pounds and i'm riding in a saddle that fits him properly. One of the girls in the arena trots by me and says: "you're going to ruin your horses' back by sitting the trot". What is that all about? It made me think... what if i AM hurting my horses back by sitting the trot? I don't know a ton about sitting trot, but heck, they do it in dressage and those horses go around just fine. What do ya'll think?
Sounds to like that girl don't know her butt from a hole in the ground. Sounds like you were doing the sitting trot just fine. Ask her who told her that?
so... we're in agreement that sitting trot is "okay" for a horses' back? How about bareback work? also... what about a more working trot?
Yeah, that girl doesn't know what the heck she's talking about. A balanced and fluid rider will not hurt a horse at any gait by sitting. So long as you feel balanced and comfortable, then the horse probably is too.
As long as you are not bouncing real hard there is nothing to worry about. If your butt is really sore by the time you get done you might have been bouncing a bit too much. Some people would say anything to make themselves feel smarter, but honestly, some people like that aren't worth their weight in straw.
If you were doing it wrong there might be a problems, but YOU would know if you did it wrong (something about that bouncing that you can't mistake :)) )
A good sitting trot is likely as comfortable for the horse as it is the rider. We post for ourself as much as for the horse. If were not bouncing, then the horse isn't being bounced on, so there's not a problem.
I wonder if the person in question stands in her stirrups when she canters? Granted, I haven't ridden Dressage in oh..... well, over 40 years (and we'll leave it at that), but one of the many things the wonderful equestrian lady who taught me to ride (and of the few that I still remember), if the ride is uncomfortable for you it might also be uncomfortable for the horse to (she was teaching us trotting at the time and she also taught us to do a sitting trot).
I can't imagine you were doing any more damage than riding in general would do. Have never seen anything that indicates that a sitting trot done correctly on proper fitting saddle is any worse then walking or posting to trot.
I agree with everyone above...that is just ridiculous. If your not pounding his back, and keeping your lower back loose, moving with him it is fine. I post out of habit but make myself sit it for the same reason you stated, it helps push one up over the bit and remind me to ride one from the back and not up over the front.
I LOVE sitting trot! I agree with everyone else... as long as you and the horse are balanced, I really don't see a problem with it! My mare has a very nice slow jog, and honestly I think it would cause more harm trying to post to it than just relaxing and sitting!! Whereas the working trot, posting is a must to keep us both timely and balanced. The only time I have been told to post instead of trot was on my instructors 29 year old QH gelding, who she said to post on until he was warmed up, and then sitting trot was fine.
Yeah, definitely not going to ruin your horse's back if you're a balanced rider. I will say, though, that I consider it a no-no to sit the trot before the horse has had a chance to warm up its back muscles. (Not saying you were doing that, just adding a qualification to my opinion that it's completely fine.)
Put it plainly: No
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