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What helps me is to sit straight, heels down, take a DEEP breath in then let it all the way out. It should sink you down into the saddle where you want to be. Also more bareback riding will help alot. ;) I believe that everyone should learn to ride bareback first! BALANCE, then saddle! *hugs*

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hehe sounds like you're doing alright.

im currently training to become a riding instrutor so i hope i can explain this alright :oops: :lol: .

If you're horse isnt likley to take off on you while you're trotting give you're horse a loose rein or even drop the reins and hold you're hands out to you're side and relaxe from you're shoulder's down through you're back and then drop the weight from you're knee's to you're heals. You might be bouncing because you're using you're stirrips and applying you're weight on the frount of you're stirrip and you're using it to balance and its making you bounce out you're saddle while sit trotting. Make sure if you're doing this to keep you're lower leg still!.

Not to brag or anything but ive mastered the **** trot along time ago and ive been riding full on for 5-6years and in the first year i had it. I found it really easy. In slow/medium and extended trot. my mum swear's i have super glue stick to me and the saddle. haha.

I hope i was some help.
 

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a trick i was taught to keep my bum glued to the sadlle was to sit on a leaf (sounds crazy!) and keep it there. it made me concentrate on not bouncing :D
 

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One thing my instructor told me that helped was simply count the sitting trot. 1-2 1-2 1-2. I know that sounds silly but it worked!! I had really bouncy hands doing this too and he said to picture you're holding two glasses full of water in your hands and you don't want to spill any. Worked like a charm! Hope these help! And it sounds like you're doing a great job! Keep it up!! It always feels good to get something right!!
 

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PaintedBones said:
One thing my instructor told me that helped was simply count the sitting trot. 1-2 1-2 1-2. I know that sounds silly but it worked!! I had really bouncy hands doing this too and he said to picture you're holding two glasses full of water in your hands and you don't want to spill any. Worked like a charm! Hope these help! And it sounds like you're doing a great job! Keep it up!! It always feels good to get something right!!
I lernt you rise to 1-2 1-2 1-2, because it keeps in beet with the horses rythem and it worked.

never herd it for sit trotting because you just sit trotting not needing a rythem to help you :?
 

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Anyone moving from Western Riding to English is likely to have trouble with sitting trot unless they are lucky enough to live close by to a riding school where there are to be found some school master horses. It is as much if not more the horse that teaches the rider than the instructor.
The speed of the horse in trot for such an exercise early on should be slow - no more than a jog. Secondly the rider should seek help from a friend to lunge the horse from the centre of the arena, thereby taking away the responisiblity for controlling the horse whilst trying to learn to sit in.
The dressage rider you see sitting in to a sprauncy horse with head gently nodding is a very experieinced rider.
The Spanish Riding School suggests it takes a year for a new applicant to the school to learn to sit to the trot properly. Don't be impatient , in the meantime get the rising trot firmly established and the sitting trot will the follow with time and experience.
Practice, practice, practice - perhaps just a few lengths at a time. B G
 
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