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post #1 of 6 Old 08-27-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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I can't feel anything but up and down when sitting the trot

I'm just beginning lessons and I can't feel any 'side to side' motion when sitting the trot in a western saddle so I'm struggling to move with the horse. I just feel like I'm going up and down (and not at all balanced or comfortable!).

She got me to move my arms and pretend I was jogging; as if the horse and I were one, and I/we were running around the ring but I don't feel anything other than up and down and unbalanced.

Is learning to sit the trot easier riding english? Is there some trick to this I'm not catching on to? I've watched videos on it but I struggle to put to use what I see in the video when I'm bouncing around like a rag dog, completed unbalanced and uncontrolled.

Any tips or helpful metaphors would be greatly appreciated!
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Sitting the trot is much more difficult than it sounds.

You feel up down likely because your body is allowing the momentum to move you.. as you would when you post.

Your butt needs to be glued to that saddle by activating/utilizing your core muscles to keep you from coming up.

So a good exercise to try is sitting on an exercise ball with feet planted flat on the floor.. knees bent. And then hold your arms out in front of you with say.. two cans of tomatoes. then move the tins up and down.. without bouncing on the ball.

If you can do that, you are using the right muscles to keep your butt down at the sitting trot.. now you just have to apply that to the horse.
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You need to sit "in the saddle"
Round your "seat" so your sitting on your pockets. Maintain a nice upper position as well, you might feel like leaning back, just make sure you aren't slouching. Keeping your legs of the horse helps as well. Good luck!
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time, dear, time. give it time.

the side to side feeling, while not as prevelant as the up /down, is from how the hrose's hip is raised when it puts weight on that side. it's raised hip will raise YOU up, but only on that side.

you know how when you walk, one of your hips goes up, then the other? it's a bit like that.
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You have to let the rhythm move you. In order to do that you cannot have any brace in your body. Sit tall, don't let your back hollow. Shoulders back, sternum forward, breathe. Soft eyes looking forward but not focused hard on any one thing. Feet light in the stirrups,

Practice, practice, practice.
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time, dear, time. give it time.

the side to side feeling, while not as prevelant as the up /down, is from how the hrose's hip is raised when it puts weight on that side. it's raised hip will raise YOU up, but only on that side.

you know how when you walk, one of your hips goes up, then the other? it's a bit like that.
Tiny, I was always told and always feel it from the horses rib cage swinging not the hips?
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