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    04-16-2012, 02:18 AM
I'd post mostly, but I would also work on sitting the trot. I have tight hips, so I sometimes have to make a conscious effort to push my knees apart. If I don't, then I tend to grip with my knees and I can't sit the trot while gripping with my knees.

In MY case, it sometimes helps to shove my feet a bit forward. If my legs angle forward, it is easier to keep my knees loose. That may just be my shape & tight hips. Some people brace against the stirrups with their feet forward, but I don't. The wider the horse, the more difficult I find it to have loose knees AND heels below my hip.

I also find it easier to sit the trot after riding for 20 minutes, so maybe you could post early on and then try sitting the trot for short times. I'm 54, and it just takes my body a while to loosen up.

I'll add that my horses seem to prefer it when I post, so I post most of the time. Sitting the trot, for me, is about working on my body's I only do it for short periods of time.
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    04-16-2012, 03:30 AM
Morning @horselover101241,

well, a saddle won’t change the trot. If you’re looking for a smooth trot (jog) you will change horses sooner or later.

When I was looking for a horse I wanted a smooth jog. I came across a nice 5 yo mare and it was love when I laid eyes on her. I tried her and found out her trot has too much drive. I asked the trainer whether there is a chance to teach her a smooth jog or not. He told me he’d try it but chances a 30:70 against my idea. So I searched further until I met 3 yo Kohilent who has a very smooth jog.

What I want to tell you is you cannot ask your horse for things he cannot give to you. This will make you both unhappy.
    04-16-2012, 08:34 AM
Relax your legs so they are not gripping his body,lean back slightly behind the centre of balance and let your hips move with his stride.
Oh,and don't put your tongue between your teeth!!")

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