Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
In my experience, the biggest obstacle that people face when starting to trot is that they have read and heard how hard it is to sit a trot. Riding a horse at any gait is all about core strength for balance and relaxing your lower body (hips and legs). The more you "think", the more tense and rigid your body will be, and you're guaranteed a rough ride.
Remember learning to ride a bicycle? Thinking how hard it would be to keep your balance? Once you got past that stage, you ride a bicycle without thinking twice about it. Same way with riding a horse.
Take a couple deep breaths, relax, stop thinking, let your body naturally follow the motion of the horse, and enjoy the ride.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.