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post #41 of 44 Old 04-06-2016, 03:08 AM
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When I have a new rider the things I want them to learn is first confidence and balance.

Apart from holding the reins correctly and keeping the stirrup on the ball of the foot I do not bother with their position. I tell them that if they are unsure to hold the front of the saddle and lean back.

When they trot it is reins in one hand and pull up on the front of the saddle so they learn to sit deep.

Getting a rider to lean back is a great safety precaution, it should become automatic, that way if anything happens the rider has to go through the upright position before going forward and perhaps over the horse's head!

Only once a rider can do a good sitting trot will I allow them to trot rise. By this time they should have good balance, their legs might be a bit far forward but in learning to rise they soon bring them back.

I never like heels jammed right down, it causes stiffness right up through the legs.

Both my nieces have good seats because they not only learned this way but because they both messed around on the ponies bareback.

My mother learned to ride on her father's driving cob. They had no saddle and she never had a lesson. She didn't ride from when she was about ten until I had been riding several years. She came with us one day to bring the horses in from the fields and I was astonished at just how well she could sit to the trot bareback. Perfectly safe, well balanced and confident. Later, when she rode with a saddle she was totally useless!
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The key is to sink deep into the seat of your saddle, and allow the weight to flow through to your heels. Think dressage when you do this, and how those riders look while sitting the trot - how they almost lean back (but don't), their shoulders rolled back.

It takes a lot of work with the abdominal muscles. In fact, if you can't feel your abs being worked out almost immediately after starting to sit the trot, you're not doing it right! Another important note is to close your hips. When people begin learning to sit the trot, they often do all the wrong things: they round their backs the wrong way and tip forward, causing their knees and hips to open up, making their legs bounce all over the place and causing instability in the saddle.

These are the two things that I think of when I sit the trot:
- sit deep, straight up, and roll your shoulders back (but don't actually lean back) remember, think dressage, and use your abs
- keep your thigh on (if your thighs are not making 100% contact with saddle, you will loose all stability in your seat and lower leg, causing bouncing with both seat and heels).

I find that if I can do these two simple things, everything else falls into place. My legs don't bounce, my hands stay still, and my horse PUSHES through. In fact, I totally understand why dressage riders sit the trot - it's gotta be THE best gait to get a horse working through their hind end.
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Try to relax more and concenrate on keeping your heels down and position secure!

Sit up when you acctually complete the maneouvre and you should be perfect!
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