Sitting trott again - I figured out that I should not relax completely? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 02-26-2016, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Sitting trott again - I figured out that I should not relax completely?

Rather than being completely relaxed, I started using my inner thighs and my seat in a pulsing motion, like a shock absorber. Is this how it's supposed to be done? I'm not talking about big flexing, just small pulses. It makes a huge difference in form and comfort. Should I stop it for some reason?
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I can imagine that is one way to describe it.

Completely relaxed you would be flopping. Completely tensed/rigid you would also be bouncing, like a missile that can't decide whether to launch or not!
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I can't remember who said it, but when I started riding again it was on a Standardbred trotting horse who used to race, so she doesn't really canter. I really needed to figure out my trotting seat because she wasn't very smooth and when you get going a little faster it was ROUGH!

Someone on here said ' thinking of instead of just up and down, forward-up and backwards down' going with the motion of the horse and it really helped me.
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I think overthinking might be the wrong way. Just practice a ton and eventually you'll just get better at it. Your body will naturally try to self-preserve and make it a smoother ride for you.
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A rider will feel a somewhat different movement when trotting on one horse or another. While basic advice may be helpful, the rider must experiment to find what works best while riding an individual horse at a particular time. Too much adherence to a single theory can limit a rider, while too much jumping from one theory to another causes confusion.

Think of the term "relax" as referring to a releasing of unnecessary tension in the muscles. Some tension is always required, but too much tension can both slow and restrict a rider's movements. Releasing all tension would cause a body to collapse.

As you have found, you may use your muscles and joints without undue tension. This is a part of what it means to "relax" when riding.
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Relax does not equal limp. I'm relaxed as I walk, not limp.

Something that might work: Go exercise. Lift weights, run, etc. When you are too tired to get in the saddle, saddle up and go trot. After a few minutes, your body will go "Aw hell...", stop fighting and relax. Not "sack of potatoes limp", but relaxed.

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Pretty easy to follow advice

Sometimes the problem is in the horse as well as the rider - if their action gets too fast they get unbalanced and its just a lot harder to try to sit too
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