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post #1 of 15 Old 04-19-2017, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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trot vs. jog

Is there a different cue for a trot than there is for a jog? I have been on different horses and some just go from walk to trot and some go from walk to jog. Does it just depend on what the horse was taught or do most western horses get trained to jog and trot?
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They should be able to do both. It's usually the energy on the rider's seat that dictates which happens.
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some horses cant' really jog. I mean, they haven't been taught, and for them, the movement is so slow that it is very unnatural and troubling to their balance. It takes time to teach a horse, to whom such a slow gait is not natural, how to do it. other horses, such as many quarter horses, have a slow trot naturally built in, so it's easier to develop that gait and get them to produce and keep it.
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Makes sense. I ride at 2 different facilities and the horses at 1 place all do walk to trot and at the other place they do walk to jog. The jog gets a little quicker sometimes and I need to slow it down but they always start right away with a jog.
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and like @natisha said, you can 'hold' them to a jog with your seat. by seat, it means your whole lower body and how it interacts with the horse's body. I can hold a horse to a slower trot first by NOT posting. secondly, by tightening my core and just sort of not flowing as well with the motion. when the horse slows, you relax and flow more. kind of vague answer, though.
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I'm going to jump in the this thread if the OP doesn't mind and ask, what's the difference between a jog and a trot? My go to for info is the USEF, and I looked at the rule book. The jog is not described as slow.

I'm in an area now that there are a lot of Western riders, and our QH mare supposedly goes Western and English. I've only ridden her English but not in a while. First she was pregnant then unsound. Finally we have the go ahead to ride her. I wouldn't mind trying Western on the trails. But after riding for 50+ years it would be super embarrassing to not know if I'm jogging or trotting.
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I am never sure I know where the 'dividing line' is either. but, I know that I can sit a jog easily, while a trot begs to be posted to.
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The western jog is a bit slower than the English sitting trot. They should both be forward motion though and there should be good hind end propulsion. The western horses do tend to get flat and shuffle when they get away with it. The English extended and posting trot will definitely be a post-worthy trot.

The western jog is going to differ depending on the horse for definite. Most western show trained horses are also trained to do a long and low posting trot.
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That was going to be my next question as well :) I don't know if there is a dividing line or where it would be if there is one. I know at the one barn I ride, the horses jog and it's nice and slow and even and not too bouncy. It's very easy to sit. At the other barn, they don't call it a jog and they don't sit it. They call it a trot and the horse goes from walking to a faster, bouncier, 2 beat gait. It would be difficult to sit and it almost pushes you up into posting. They also tend to have a much quicker step which makes posting difficult so I am always trying to slow them down into a nice slower rhythm. The horses that jog have a nice slow, plodding rhythm to their 2 beats. It is so much different; that is why I was wondering if there is a different cue or if the horses need to be specifically trained to do 2 different gaits. The horses that jog sometimes speed up and get more bouncy and I have to slow them down; however; the horses that trot will go back to walking if you try to slow them down.
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the jog is a western term, and is always sat, while the trot is an English term, which is usually posted. It is the same gait, far as beats (footfalls)
Of course, there is the sitting trot, used in dressage, and one also trots a western horse, while posting, outside of the regular rail show classes, as in training, sometimes warming a horse up, or on the trail
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