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post #1 of 13 Old 12-18-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question I am working on posting the trot, but it still needs a lot of work. Any tips?

O.K. First of all, don't ask me to post a video of me sitting the trot - you might die of laughter. :P
I am in 4-H, so one thing that is mandatory is to show in the fair. The problem is that I can't really sit the trot all that well. To tr and help myself learn to do it right, I am going overboard on it. My mother says that it's really obvious that I'm trying to sit the trot, but I am doing it.
Dose anybody have any tips on how I could sit it right, and without making nit obvious?? Thanks!
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I'm confused, your thread title says you need help posting, but your thread says you need help sitting the trot. You also posted this in the western category, are you showing western or english?
Have you thought about getting a trainer? Without video/pictures it's hard to tell what you need help with.

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Practice riding without stirrups. Put in a lot of time riding the walk without them, then advance to the trot. Sooner or later we all lose a stirrup and have to learn to ride weighted.
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I'm confused, your thread title says you need help posting, but your thread says you need help sitting the trot. You also posted this in the western category, are you showing western or english?
Have you thought about getting a trainer? Without video/pictures it's hard to tell what you need help with.
oh, sorry. I meant sitting. I was thinking posting because I was going to write about that. I don't really want a trainer because a) We don't really have the money for one and b) I just don't really like trainers all that well.
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So, you want tips for sitting or posting?

Can you put up a video?
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Some things to check for:

Long legs.
Feet a bit forward.
Knees apart - no gripping.
Relaxed leg.

Let the weight of your legs pull you into the saddle. No bracing.

Move your hips/lower back with the horse. The video below is about cantering, but a lot of it applies to sitting the trot:


The no stirrup time with a relaxed leg will let gravity show you where your leg ought to be.

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So, you want tips for sitting or posting?

Can you put up a video?
sitting. Well, it's actually winter right now, and I was asking so I can be prepared for spring, but as soon as I can I will try to put up a video.
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Yes, the more tense you are, and the tighter you grip with your leg, the more it will force you to bounce around. When you relax and let your weight sink down instead of gripping, you will have much better shock absorbency. Also, remember to breathe! Nice slow deep breaths will help you to stay relaxed.
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Pushing your feet forward will cause more problems.

To have proper equitation, you should have a fairly straight line from ear to heel. If your horse is exceedingly rough at the jog, then you can work with him to soften him up.
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Pushing my feet forward some helps me to sit a trot (and to get heels down). Pushing them forward may help me due to tightness in my hips and right leg. If you are showing, it may hurt your score. Try both and see what works best for you, your saddle and your horse.
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