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post #21 of 44 Old 04-04-2016, 04:31 AM
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Yes, it's a lot different sitting a western jog or even a horse trotting that was bred to be a flatter type mover versus a big trotter like a Friesian.
What's funny is the moment you say you want a Friesian everyone on here will jump in and say they are bred to drive, not ride!

But I don't care, my dream horse would still be a Friesian. Well, that or a nice racking horse.


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I don't chase cows either, lol!

I've probably just never ridden a really "big moving" horse. I've ridden some rough ones, but not the way I would imagine a dressage horse would be. And actually, don't they pretty much sit the trot? Or do they post? It seems like I picture dressage being ridden sitting the trot. Hmm.
We seemed to have gotten off the original topic, apologies to the OP.

Yes, dressage tests are ridden exclusively in sitting trot (except some begginers tests) but for general riding it's much easier to post. And, if a horse has a big trot, you would have to keep it collected if you were to sit which doesn't really work for longer periods of time, like trail riding. Big trotters seem to be popular for dressage because it looks better, apparently. I don't particularly like to ride them
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As with anything. Sitting the trot is a knack, it is knowing how to allow the body to absorb the movement.

We would ride the horses and ponies bareback to and from the fields often we had trotting races and we would shove our feet forward in front of the pony's shoulders amd lean back so out backs were only inches from their quarters. Really we were only riding by pure balance. Great fun and served me well over the years.

Riders who have trouble sitting I will get them to do the pull the saddle up, and I will often get them to hook their legs over the front of the saddle doing this makes them lean back which makes sitting far easier.
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If your trying to change diagonals, I go with the "one, two" count. You count "one, two, one, two..." In rhythm with your posting. It's a solid, steady beat. Then when you go to change diagonals, you sit for a "one, two" and come back up again on one. I've had a couple students who had to do the counting out loud to really get the rhythm. If you sit for one, you get the wrong diagonal, same thing if you sit for three beats.

If your just trying to sit the trot period, I suggest getting your feet out of the stirrups. Let your leg be long, and bring your butt deep into the saddle. I tell riders to shift their weight to the back two seat bones, loosen the lower back and think of an "up, back" motion with their hips. It works best with no stirrups, using your thigh to grip and your seat to balance. When you can comfortably sit the trot without stirrups, try picking them back up while your sitting the trot. Keep your back loose, and your hips in sync with the horse, just ad that bend to your leg, and get your foot loosely in the stirrups.

But I'm mean, I make my riders do sitting/posting transitions with no stirrups forever before I give them their stirrups back for the sitting trot...
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Here's my lesson at sitting a trot. Please be kind
https://youtu.be/ZmDx0ulngDc
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Right!

When you are first trotting you are in a very precarious position with your legs further back than I have ever seen any legs before! It tilts you forward too.

When you lifted your knees up high it was an exercise that I actually use to get a deeper seat. You are sitting much better and are unable to grip thus causing less tension.

Good demonstration!
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It works best with no stirrups, using your thigh to grip and your seat to balance.
I seem to ages lost the name of who posted this sorry :(

Next time you ride yourself check what you are actually doing - I bet you are not gripping. Gripping is the worst thing you can do when sitting to the trot as it stops you syncing with the horse and makes the bounce worse. A lot of trainers say to grip, even though this simply doesn't work, yet when they ride themselves they actually don't grip.
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Hmmmmmmmm - a lot of the trainers I have seen cannot even sit the trot themselves!
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I seem to ages lost the name of who posted this sorry :(

Next time you ride yourself check what you are actually doing - I bet you are not gripping. Gripping is the worst thing you can do when sitting to the trot as it stops you syncing with the horse and makes the bounce worse. A lot of trainers say to grip, even though this simply doesn't work, yet when they ride themselves they actually don't grip.
Gripping is done with the upper inner thigh, not the whole leg. It's not a constant grip, more of a reactive one to stay balanced.
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This will not balance you, it will cause you to lose the ability to absorb the movement
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