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    09-13-2010, 10:09 PM
  #1
Green Broke
sitting trot

Hey, I'm having trouble not bumping around when I'm sit trotting. I'm trying to sit deep and go side to side not forward and back but is there anything else that might help me? Thanks!
     
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    09-13-2010, 10:57 PM
  #2
Weanling
I usually go into sitting trot by first posting then slowly posting lower and lower until I'm posting "invisibly." I do this by using the motion of the horse to "post" using my lower back only, following the horses momentum. I once rode a horse whose natural movement caused me to have "invisible posting" without meaning to and being yelled at by my instructor for it.

Having a supple lower back is the key, for me at least, when it comes to sitting trot.
     
    09-14-2010, 11:59 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Cool thanks! Cheyenne also has a really bumpy trot so it makes it difficult! But I'll try that tomorow!
     
    09-15-2010, 12:04 AM
  #4
Foal
STOP TRYING LOL yaa I know what the hell does that mean.. well it worked for me.... I just stopped trying, I got on my boy bareback, in the field with just his halter on. And tried to trot, just a couple steps, and go back to a walk to regain my balance. Then back up and down between a trot and a walk... Now I can sit a trot in a saddle !!! LOL good luck.. just have fun with it
     
    09-15-2010, 12:07 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Haha okay thanks!
     
    10-18-2010, 01:17 PM
  #6
Weanling
Hey, I know you posted this a while ago now but i'm just learning the same thing and the more I relax and keep my legs relaxed the easier it is to absorb the movement. When I start to tense my legs get tense and seem to instruct my horse to go faster which then makes me more tense but as soon as I relax and and let my hips follow the horses action i'm fine (more of a side to side movement than a forward and back)
     
    10-18-2010, 02:07 PM
  #7
Started
Sink your but into the saddle and your weight into your heels. This will keep you from bouncing as well as cueing your horse to stay slow.
     
    10-18-2010, 02:41 PM
  #8
Weanling
I used to have this problem and what I just do is try to forget im doing it. Just think about anything the horse, your hand posistion anything. Just relax and forget. Its helped me :) good luck
     
    10-18-2010, 04:08 PM
  #9
Yearling
To complete a correct sitting trot its not just sitting there.. ur abs have to absorb the impact that's what keeps ur but from moving so everytime ur body would should post up from the horses movement tighten ur abs and then release so in a sense ur abs are posting but you keep ur butt and lower body down into the saddle
     
    10-18-2010, 05:08 PM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by netty83    
Hey, I know you posted this a while ago now but i'm just learning the same thing and the more I relax and keep my legs relaxed the easier it is to absorb the movement. When I start to tense my legs get tense and seem to instruct my horse to go faster which then makes me more tense but as soon as I relax and and let my hips follow the horses action i'm fine (more of a side to side movement than a forward and back)
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Originally Posted by yukontanya    
STOP TRYING LOL yaa I know what the hell does that mean.. well it worked for me....
These are the keys to sitting the trot.

Don't think about what you're doing! (i.e. Stop trying), relax your legs and hips, and let your body will follow the motion of the horse.

Once you get there, it will be as natural as a walk, and you'll look back and wonder why everyone thinks it's so hard.
     

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