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post #61 of 94 Old 12-26-2011, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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The way I teach my riders to understand sitting trot is to first start the exercise in walk. Preferably rider is on the lunge.
In Walk shut your eyes and allow your mind to focus on how the horse is moving your body. What you should be feeling is the way the horse lifts, moves forward and drops your hips with each step. In walk as there is no period of suspension you don't get thrown around as much.
In trot imagine the movement of your hips when riding a bicycle. As you pdal your hips move with the movement of the pedals. Sitting trot is very much like this too. So with the exercise - Eyes shut, into a soft trot and feel the movement. As soon as you bounce back to walkl and start again. Eventually the periods of trot will be longer and hoepfully easier. Once you have the feeling then start to increase the activity of the trot. When you bounce go back to working with your eyes shut.
Thanks! I really like the idea of the bike and the movements! I might have to get on my bike after all of our snow goes away, and then go for a ride. =)
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Personally I think if you can get your horse to trot very slowly (a tick above walk) by slowing that posting down, then you can sit those few beats (with your legs on) and get a feel for it and then over time (a few weeks, a few months, dependent on YOU) ask for a slightly bigger trot, then work up to a working trot. You shouldn't go any faster than what you body can keep up with.
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Sky,

She isn't trying to sit a working trot. She's a hunt seat rider trying to improve her equitation sitting a hunter style slow sitting trot. Otherwise I think you advice is very sound.
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Sky,

She isn't trying to sit a working trot. She's a hunt seat rider trying to improve her equitation sitting a hunter style slow sitting trot. Otherwise I think you advice is very sound.
The funny thing is I knew that in the back of my mind LOL. I even liked someone's comment on the dawdling trot. My mistake!!
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post #65 of 94 Old 12-27-2011, 08:19 PM
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...She's a hunt seat rider trying to improve her equitation sitting a hunter style slow sitting trot...
That is why my post was inappropriate. Well intentioned, but not useful to the OP...

Someday, I will learn to read the WHOLE thread before responding. But I'm only 53, so I'm young and impetuous!

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That is why my post was inappropriate. Well intentioned, but not useful to the OP...

Someday, I will learn to read the WHOLE thread before responding. But I'm only 53, so I'm young and impetuous!
I even read the whole thread and still messed it up.. :P

Sorry OP! But to keep back on target... once you get that sitting trot, you can ride it all day and you can come back to it so easily as soon as you learn to loosen the hips!
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I even read the whole thread and still messed it up.. :P

Sorry OP! But to keep back on target... once you get that sitting trot, you can ride it all day and you can come back to it so easily as soon as you learn to loosen the hips!
hehe thanks! I bet I will have a lot of fun with it. =) And it's fine, this actually was entertaining and I learned a lot!
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You'll have to keep us updated! Or at least me, haha. I love hearing of others progressing :)
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You'll have to keep us updated! Or at least me, haha. I love hearing of others progressing :)
haha well I sure will then! I will keep posting on here or make a new one... not sure exactly what to do yet..
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What horse are you riding? I ride at the same barn as you and was just wondering which horse you had troubles doing the sitting trot on, cuz to me Bo's trot is insanely bouncy! Sitting trot and trotting no stirrups on him are my issues lol I didn't have any problems with it till I tried it on him!
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