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post #1 of 9 Old 04-07-2016, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Sat the trot and it feels so good!

Contrary to another trending posting "Sittkng the trot", I finally sat the trot. Now to all you advanced riders, it sounds like no big probably! I struggled with that. I tried opening my hips, sitting on my pockets, leaning back, using my inside thighs, heels down, I was almost a second away from just laying down on the horse! I could. Not. Stop. Bouncing. Today....I have no clue what I did but I was sitting!!!! All of a sudden my bottom was just--there. It felt more like a sliding forward and back motion in my seat. It was so comfortable felt so good. I kept yelling to my instructor "I can't believe I'm actually sitting! My butt is not in the air!" But I have no clue what I did today and I think the fact that I was not thinking is what made me sit so well!!!

I cannot remember how my body was. I think I may have tightened my groin! Iddddk but it was awesome.

Those of you who are trying to sit trot, don't think so hard!!! See what that does!

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Contrary to another trending posting "Sittkng the trot", I finally sat the trot. Now to all you advanced riders, it sounds like no big probably! I struggled with that. I tried opening my hips, sitting on my pockets, leaning back, using my inside thighs, heels down, I was almost a second away from just laying down on the horse! I could. Not. Stop. Bouncing. Today....I have no clue what I did but I was sitting!!!! All of a sudden my bottom was just--there. It felt more like a sliding forward and back motion in my seat. It was so comfortable felt so good. I kept yelling to my instructor "I can't believe I'm actually sitting! My butt is not in the air!" But I have no clue what I did today and I think the fact that I was not thinking is what made me sit so well!!!

I cannot remember how my body was. I think I may have tightened my groin! Iddddk but it was awesome.

Those of you who are trying to sit trot, don't think so hard!!! See what that does!

The end. :)
Awesome, congrats! And thanks, you've given me some encouragement that it might be possible with our horse too. My husband swears she trots like Pepe le Pew!
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Lol!!!! Pepe le pew! Perfect comparison.
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I need this encouragement! I almost get that feeling sometimes (for not more than a few strides), then I start trying to analyze what I'm doing and darn it I start bouncing again! ugh. Yes, I just need to stop thinking probably.

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Those of you who are trying to sit trot, don't think so hard!!! See what that does!
Great advice.....it is easy to over think a lot of things, one of the most productive rides I have had this year was when I was ill, on antibiotics and generally feeling YUK. I couldn't hardly think, let alone over think, also mainly had to leave Fergie alone and not mess with her, we had a great ride!
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Yes. Much to think about. Quiet hands not bouncing. Heels down. Maintain contact with the legs to keep trot going but make sure not to grip with your knees or you'll be propelled. Keeping contact with the bit. Gaaaah!
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Those of you who are trying to sit trot, don't think so hard!!! See what that does!

The end. :)
An often unwanted side effect of thinking too much is an unconscious tightening of our muscles which is counterproductive to good riding. I'm glad you discovered this and shared your findings.

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That is such a great feeling! I have a lousy memory for my childhood, but this is one of the few awesome moments I actually remember from when I was a kid--the day I succeeded at sitting the trot for the first time. There's something about that moment when it just CLICKS. I think it's the exciting realization that the words "sitting the trot" are really a misnomer and, in reality, it's basically the opposite of what we think of as "sitting" since you are moving back and forth and side to side with the motion. It really is a fantastic feeling when you finally GET it. Congrats!
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Sitting a collected trot is great, sitting a long trot, meant to cover ground-not so much!
I don't ride dressage , except to have taken a few clinics, and other then that, I think you post a true trot. I do show western, and very easy to sit a jog or an extended jog.
When I ride HUS, i post the trot-ditto on trail rides, covering ground. In fact, on trail rides, sometimes trying to beat a storm back to camp, where ground does not allow loping, I will alternate posting that trot with standing in the stirrups-long trotting, as opposed to riding some collected trot, as in dressage
So, are you schooling in dressage, or sitting a jog?
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