the sitting trot
- awesome read. Keep up the good work. Here is another article I found very educational on the sitting trot http://malibuhorses.blogspot.com/2010/11/sitting-trot.html
- —Guest Greg
- I found it helped to keep heels down, lean slightly forward (very slightly!), look forward and go. As I get more comfortable I try to sit up straighter by taking a deep breath that helps raise my shoulders. This is when riding western on very long legged and bouncy horse. On my older smooth western mare I can ride a trot bareback.
- —Guest Echo
sitting the trot
- stay as relaxed as possible, and smoothly rock your pelvis forward and back but as you rock forward do so when the horse moves his/hers front leg (whichever doesnt matter) and rock back when the horse moves (chosen leg)back! hopee i helped x
- —Guest ridinggirl
how to sit the trot
- Its all about balance and relaxation. Any tension you're holding in your body will make you bounce. Sally Swift's visualization and breathing techniques work to relax and balance both rider and horse for an enjoyable sitting trot. Each horse is an individual, though, and I have ridden the occasional "washboard." Or ride a Peruvian Horse: you'll never miss the trot!
- —Guest calirider
How to trot the trot
- Shift your weight back but not to back to make your weight uneven. Keep your knees locked but not to tight because it will encourage the horse to go faster. Always look confident even if you have no idea whta u r doing! hahahaha trust me. It is typical to feel soreness after a lot of horseback riding and it will soon not hurt once you do it enough! i learned the hard way!!!!
- —Guest Jessica Reddick
Sitting to the jog
- DO NOT LEAN BACK.... you want to distribute your weight evenly on your horse. Sit nice and tall. What you are looking for is a "deep seat". You want to sit on your seat bones and in the center of your saddle with your body nice and tall. You are holding on with your thighs, pin your knees in. You should look where you want to go. Chin up and looking through your horses ears. Now for the actual sitting... Tighten up your core, breathe and every time you feel that you are going to pop out of your seat, lift your pelvis. That is why you are sitting on your seat bones. Remember, the horse is now moving in a 2 beat gait. up, down, up down... If you want to feel how your pelvis should move, squeeze your butt muscles tight and release.. that is how you should be moving with a little bit of a rock to move with your horse. And of course heels, down to take the shock of the bounce. The slower you can get your horse to move the easier it is to sit... which is called the jog. Hope this helps.
- —Guest Western Instructor
- Trotting is hard at first but gets easier. It is all about being one with the horse, to move your pelvis bone with the horse as it moves. Try to put all your weight in the center of the saddle and keep your heels down so your feet won't slip through the stirrups! that could be really dangerous!
- —Guest katherine
How to sit the trot
- Heel's down ,Shoulder down, try to sit as far back as far as can be. DON'T LOOK DOWN !!!!!!!!!!!!You will end up in the dirt
- —Guest Guest
Tips from a Singapore Polo Club rider
- Relax and lean back in the saddle, (as far as you can go) but remember to keep your shoulders back. If you lean forward, it will be easier to fall. If your horse trips, you will find yourself on the ground. Keep your heels down and lock it there. Your horse can't go too fast, or it will be harder to sit. Especially without stirrups. Keep your hands in front of you. Do not lock your knees, as some horses will go faster. Make sure your legs are not going all around the place. If you are riding without stirrups, then press your legs as long as they can go, it will be easier than imitating your position with stirrups. Make sure you look in front of you so you know where to go!
- —Guest SingaporePoloClubRider
How to sit the trot
- You should lean back drop your weight down and look straight try to absorb the movement
- —Guest LuvIrishDraft
- Sit back, on the back pockets of your jeans, and let your hips swing a little side to side, moving with the horse. It takes a little while to master, but I personally find it easier than posting.
- —Guest Rider
how to trot?
- To Help You Trot Just Move The Way The Horse Moves With The Horse Moves As Up Down Up Down I Hope Ive Been A Great Helpp x
- —Guest Tanya-Leigh
- the posting trot is a rythum of up down up down if you can't do that then you should not canter
- —Guest horse crazy
How to sit when walking over poles
- When you are walking over poles, sit exactly like you would just walking on a horse. When you see the pole coming, stay calm and stay focused. You should be able to see the pole in the middle opened space in between the horses ears. If the horse hits it hoof on the pole, don't worry. Just pet it to show that it's ok. The horse may be too scared or just enough scared that it may not want to move... but if it doesn't just praise it and nudge with your heels to get the horse going again...+ Don't forget: Don't point your toes all the way down or your foot will slid through and get stuck and then you can't get them back out!!!!! and that could be veeery dangerous!!!! I hoped i helped.!!!
- —Guest Darr-darr 350
- DO NOT GRIP WITH YOUR CALVES. if you have a well trained horse any decent amount of pressure below the knees will encourage the horse to go faster. heels down, eyes forward, pelvic movement in tune with the horse and stability in the upper torso. Move from you belly button, as if someone was pulling it forward and pushing it back. If you have to grip, grip with your knees and thighs.
- —Guest Anonymous