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post #1 of 5 Old 07-20-2017, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Sitting trott is the only thing I could ever do properly - how should I go forward?

Ok, this might be strange, but sitting trott is my forte. Whenever something happens, I revert to sitting trott and get my horse back together.

I struggle with canter, rising trott depends on my mare's moods, walk is just a free-for-all. Two point around the arena at whatever gait is disjointed.

What am I doing wrong? Sitting trott is supposed to be the most difficult- it's the only thing I can do properly. Any ideas?

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What exactly feels harder about cantering and posting? Like, as in what happens when you go to do them?

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Why do you think a sitting trot is the most difficult?
It is ideal for having that even leg pressure, applying as much as needed, to get that drive from behind, while sitting deep.
it is also used extensively in upper dressage, when that horse is moving more collected
For a rising trot, you need your horse to be moving with rhythm and impulsion, letting him do most of the work for that rising trot, versus , as sometimes seem, the rider trying to 'pedal that horse with his own exaggerated body movement, on a horse just dogging along. The rising trot should not depend on your mare's mood, and a walk can be both engaged, or a method to let a horse cool down, riding on along rein. It should even then, never be a free for all, with the horse doing whatever he wants
A canter is a very easy gait, if that horse is light, soft, moving collected
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What exactly feels harder about cantering and posting? Like, as in what happens when you go to do them?
I don't feel connected to the horse. In sitting trott I feel her intentions ("let me throw my inside shoulder in") and I can correct her before it happens. In all other gaits I'm too slow and I only correct after it's too late. Well, looking from the outside, you can't see her error and my correction, but it feels too slow. Does that make sense?
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Why do you think a sitting trot is the most difficult?
It is ideal for having that even leg pressure, applying as much as needed, to get that drive from behind, while sitting deep.
it is also used extensively in upper dressage, when that horse is moving more collected
For a rising trot, you need your horse to be moving with rhythm and impulsion, letting him do most of the work for that rising trot, versus , as sometimes seem, the rider trying to 'pedal that horse with his own exaggerated body movement, on a horse just dogging along. The rising trot should not depend on your mare's mood, and a walk can be both engaged, or a method to let a horse cool down, riding on along rein. It should even then, never be a free for all, with the horse doing whatever he wants
A canter is a very easy gait, if that horse is light, soft, moving collected
Ok, this is going to be one of those threads - I can't collect a horse for love or money. And from what I've seen there is maybe two or three people in the entire country who can do it (with some horses). So, for us with cheap tickets, how do I transfer my acceptable, "feeling-in-control" sitting trott to other gaits?
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