Anyone else use a rising trot in a western saddle?

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Anyone else use a rising trot in a western saddle?

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    01-17-2009, 05:56 PM
Question Anyone else use a rising trot in a western saddle?

So, I'm not so great at sitting the trot when I'm riding. Once when I was riding at a local stable, I saw a girl warming up her horse, riding a rising trot in a western saddle. So I tried it, and I find it much more easy and comfortable. But that's just me.

Anyone else ever tried this?
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    01-17-2009, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
I ride English but after being thrown off by Sandie a few times recently, my confidence has definitely been I've been riding in a Western saddle to get it back (just feel more secure than my tiny flat English "launching pad" lol). I, of course, am so used to the rising trot that I do it in the western saddle...and don't care how anyone else thinks I look!

I see nothing wrong with it unless you're showing Western I guess, and I know nothing about Western shows so who knows, it may even be allowed?? I say do whatever makes you comfortable!
    01-17-2009, 07:30 PM
If you mean posting then yes I post. My mare has this super bouncy trot when she is hyper and if I try and sit it I look dumber than if I post. I'm not sure but I think that in western shows you have to sit the trot. Over 3/4s of the people I see riding western will post sometimes.
    01-17-2009, 08:27 PM
Originally Posted by KateS    
If you mean posting then yes I post.
Yea, I mean a posting trot. Around here we tend to call it a rising trot.
    01-17-2009, 08:33 PM
When I rode Western (a long time ago) I usually sat; although in my lessons we did rise a few times. It wasn't that difficult, but for me it was more natural to just sit it. Now I ride English & it's the opposite- I love posting, rather than sitting at the trot. :)
    01-17-2009, 08:46 PM
I have when I used to ride western. I did get some weird looks though from people who only do western LOL I don't see any problem with it as long as the horse is under control.
    01-17-2009, 08:47 PM
Lol, definitely. I was always told that sitting the trot is more comfortable and easier on your legs which I suppose is true, if you're trotting for quite a ways, but I was never able to "sit deep." I have no clue how you're supposed to not bounce. =/ lol

Rising trot all the way!
    01-17-2009, 08:52 PM
I look at it this way...if you can post and it's comfortable for you and the horse's back, then do it ;)
    01-17-2009, 10:23 PM
I ride western and I mostly post.

There's not too many trainers around here that don't teach you how to post even if it's western.
    01-17-2009, 10:25 PM
Green Broke
It depends on what mood I'm in or on what horse. Right now my stirrups are set at a WP length and are a little long to do a rising trot. I know a lot of people who do a rising trot in a western saddle.

The Lippizzan trainers won't sit the trot on them until like after 2 years since they were broken because sitting the trot is harder on their back.

Also it is known that doing a rising trot helps improve your balance.

So if my stirrups are short enough and the trot is fast enough (not a light jog) I'll sometimes do a rising trot. That is if I want to bother with diagnols. But if I'm on a pleasure ride or am working on training the horse I will sit the trot.

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