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post #1 of 44 Old 03-31-2016, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Sitting the trot

Any advice on making this better? I find myself doing it one moment and then I try rising and as I go to sit through changing the diagonal, everything comes apart! how can I maintain the sitting trot after rising? Am I possibly thinking about it too much?
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Do you mean actually sitting the trot or sitting just one beat to change the diagonal? Sitting the trot is a lot harder than posting. It takes a lot of practice more than anything. Are you taking lessons? If so, ask your instructor for some tips. It will be easier for him/her to give you advice when they are seeing what you are doing wrong.
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It is hard to say without seeing you ride. But it might very well be that you're trying too hard and that way, your body tenses up instead. And then the ride becomes bumpy ;)
Try to loosen up your hips and keep your lower half relaxed, try to just follow the horses motion, like waves in the sea.
Ideally, you will be able to keep your upper body straight, but your lower body (hips) will be relaxed and will move along with the horse. For better stability, you also need to use your core muscles while doing this, but that will come later I think. First just get a good feel of the motion and try to relax, breathe and let your body follow your horse.
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When you are posting, try singing a little song to go along with the rhythm of the trot and sit quietly/gently down two beats letting the horse's motion move you back up out of the saddle. You can bend slightly forward from the hips (not the back) while the back stays straight. Don't attempt to throw yourself out of the saddle when posting or changing, the horse should be doing most of the work and you only need to clear the saddle, not rise 5 or 6 inches. Yes, you may be overthinking it but it will come with time and sometimes the rhythm of the song in your head helps you stay with the up/down movement of the horse. All of this will come with time as it does with everything involving horses!

For the sitting trot, you need to learn to override the natural reaction to stiffen up and brace yourself. Split your body in half and allow the area right above your hipbones to relax and absorb the impact while your upper body stays relatively still. On a rough trotter you will learn to actively push your butt down into the saddle with every downbeat while still remaining supple through your waist.

All of this takes time and practice so don't be too hard on yourself-eventually you will be doing it without thinking!
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Do you mean actually sitting the trot or sitting just one beat to change the diagonal? Sitting the trot is a lot harder than posting. It takes a lot of practice more than anything. Are you taking lessons? If so, ask your instructor for some tips. It will be easier for him/her to give you advice when they are seeing what you are doing wrong.
I smile at this Jan because I have such a hard time posting! I'll take a nice sitting trot any day!

OP, TXhorseman has some really great posts about this. You might try searching them.

This is something that I have a hard time putting into words. You need to be relaxed and really feel the movement in your hips. Feel for a "side to side" motion for every beat of the trot. I always relate it to sitting sideways on a sea-saw. Move your lower body to that motion, while keeping the upper body still.

It might help you too if you can bring the speed of the trot down a little.
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When you find yourself bouncing jut put a finger under the pommel and pull up.

This makes you sit deep.
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I smile at this Jan because I have such a hard time posting! I'll take a nice sitting trot any day!
That's funny! I guess it's all what we get used to.
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I smile at this Jan because I have such a hard time posting! I'll take a nice sitting trot any day!
And I'm smiling because I have posted most of my life, being an English rider, had to perfect my sitting for Western, which was hard on Big Old Troy, as he had a MONSTER trot/jog. Now with Fergie I struggle to stay posting, I'm OK if we are just 'travelling' from one place to another, but I really want to sit when I am asking anything of her. My hands are quieter when I post though, so posting it is for now.

Relaxation, as has been said, is the key to a good sitting trot, you kind have to stop trying and just relax and go with it. One good tip is to imagine pedalling a bike backwards, sounds odd, but it actually helps, keep feet and lower legs still obviously but think about what your butt would be doing if you were pedalling backwards.
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Any advice on making this better? I find myself doing it one moment and then I try rising and as I go to sit through changing the diagonal, everything comes apart! how can I maintain the sitting trot after rising? Am I possibly thinking about it too much?
I def have a hard time sitting. I love sitting without stirrups ! :)

But hate posting without stirrups. Ha! Shows how much of a crutch those suckers can be.

I'm going to try the top of lifting at the pommel. My instructor asked me to put my left hand on the pommel and my right on the cantel to make me sit deep and feel it. My butt sure didn't lift from the saddle!
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I def have a hard time sitting. I love sitting without stirrups ! :)

But hate posting without stirrups. Ha! Shows how much of a crutch those suckers can be.
Same here...while sitting, the stirrups seem to make it harder. Posting, I need those guys. The first time my instructor asked me to post w/out stirrups, I literally thought she was trying to be funny.
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