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Hi, I've been lurking around for a little while and feel like finally saying hello! I'm riding again for the first time in 18 years! I ride English hunter jumpers.

I rode with a little girl today (7?). I noticed she had the same problem I did at her age. Her little pony trotted faster and faster and she had a hard time when she was trying to pick up the canter. It seemed like she thought she might lose control if she let the pony lift as well as go forward. I think the horse has to lift to get momentum. I felt as she did--but now, I'm expecting the horse to lift, and feel I have more control letting her do so.

My problem is this. I'm having problems with downwards transitions. my trainer will ask me to go from a canter to a sitting trot. During that transition, I'm bouncing all over the place. I feel like I lose my legs. I don't know if its because I'm just getting used to riding again, or if there is something I could be doing/thinking about differently. I squeeze my reins to slow her down, press my legs to keep her forward, but lose my balance/weight in the stirrups and contact with my seat. I feel like if I lean back, I'll lose contact with my legs. Leaning forward definitely doesnt work. I feel like I'm going about it the hard way, and there has to be an easier way to do this. Any thoughts would be great.

I'm looking forward to jumping again, but need more strength and balance. I was sore after riding today, and so hot! I feel so out of shape.

Anyway, hi!
 

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Try sinking your weight down into your legs. If your weight is in the saddle, you will bounce around on top of the horse. If your weight is distributed around the horse, you will find it easier to move with it. I suffered that problem for a long time and only recently have been able to sit a trot. I also find that it helps to roll your hips back a little to lift you up off the saddle just that tiny bit.

I hope that makes sense! Like I said, I've only just worked it out myself, so putting it into words is difficult.
 

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Try sinking your weight down into your legs. If your weight is in the saddle, you will bounce around on top of the horse. If your weight is distributed around the horse, you will find it easier to move with it. I suffered that problem for a long time and only recently have been able to sit a trot. I also find that it helps to roll your hips back a little to lift you up off the saddle just that tiny bit.

I hope that makes sense! Like I said, I've only just worked it out myself, so putting it into words is difficult.
How do you sink your weight into your legs? I'm back riding after a looooong spell away and this problem sounds familiar.
and OP well done for restarting riding. Hope you have as much fun as I am :)
 

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Hi all again,

We jumped today, it was great!

I'm not having so much of a problem with the sitting trot but with transitions. We did a lot of transitions today, and I started to get the hang of anticipating my horse's change in gaits.

I'm so sore, it's great!

:)
 

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Welcome to the forum :)
 

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so you're jumping today? you must be doing better than you think if you are up to jumping already. It must be coming back to you, right?
 

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Actually, I think I'm doing pretty well. When I was a kid, I had the great job of training the green ponies (my trainer at the time was too big and heavy). My(now) trainer seems really pleased with my progress.

One thing I strongly believe is that horses are not vehicles. If I wanted a vehicle, I'd get an ATV. For me, with the exception of those things steeped in obscure tradition, there is a reason for everything I learned. I can still hear my old trainers voice in my head, yelling at me to look up. I went through a period as a kid where the horse (whatever horse) refused jumps. It was my fault for unbalancing the horse/pony. Fell off a lot during that time.
 
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