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horselover101241 04-10-2012 09:40 PM

how can i sit to this trot ....
my horse harry has a very bumpy trot he is standerdbred with a small career of pacing i have just brought a western barrel racing saddle to do pleasure riding when i am not jumping or showing. I am having a lot of trouble sitting to his trot please give me any tips you to sitting thanks :D

crzyhrse 04-11-2012 09:06 PM

Well, In my opinion you should keep your heels down as far as they possibly go (to keep your weight down) then just sit way back on your bum, but still keep your heel,knee,elbow, and head alignment straight (to keep your weight balanced) and hopefully if this advice works you will have an awesome trot :)

spurstop 04-12-2012 02:25 PM

A barrel saddle is going to make it difficult for you to really sit down. They are built to have the rider forward.

You can try -- think about sitting back on your pockets. Try to keep your shoulders back. If you and he are really struggling, just go ahead and post it.

tinyliny 04-12-2012 02:35 PM

Just post the trot. If the horse cannot trot slowly and you are just pleasure riding, make it a pleasure for both of you; post it and stay off of his back and protect your own.

DraftyAiresMum 04-12-2012 02:58 PM

I agree with Tiny. Not sure where everyone got the notion that you can't post in anything but an English saddle. There are TONS of people at our barn that have horses with jackhammer trots and they are always complaining about their backs hurting. When it's been suggested to them to post the trot, they always come back with the "But I ride western!" So? Like Tiny said, post the trot and save your back and your horse's.

Almond Joy 04-12-2012 04:31 PM

I would just post it. I agree with the others, I ride in a western saddle but I ALWAYS post. It's just comfier.

horselover101241 04-13-2012 03:03 AM

thankyou guys :)

ohmyitschelle 04-13-2012 03:53 AM

Like everyone else suggested, I would post to the trot also. I own two standardbred mares, and have owned many other standardbreds in the past - their trot once established generally does have a lot of action to it! I would think it would be nicer on Harry's back to continue posting :) However I have little knowledge on western riding, so I don't know how the horse is developed to handle sitting to the trot... but until the horse is balanced and able to carry itself well, I wouldn't sit to the trot regardless of sport - that's just my personal preference though.

horselover101241 04-15-2012 10:55 PM

thanks :)

calicokatt 04-15-2012 11:09 PM

I personally find that whether I can sit the trot or not has less to do with how bouncy the trot is and more to do with my own condition. If I get really out of shape or have a week or more off from riding, it can get hard to sit the nicest trot.... Also, if my back or hips are stiff or sore, its nearly impossible to sit... With regular exercise (for me, not the horse), it gets much easier. I try to sit 4 or 5 strides at a time and then go back to posting, gradually sitting for longer periods as I work up to it. But if you're not showing, and not trying to train the horse to do something that comes easier from a sitting trot, then by all means, post!

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