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Readers Respond: How to Sit the Trot

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From the article: Sitting the Trot
How do you sit the trot? Share your tips and suggestions for taking the bounce out of a sitting trot. Share Your Tips

heres how to keep balanced when trotting

point your toes toward the horse(inward) and keep your heels down. Distribute your weight evenly. Down your two legs into your heels. Keep your lower body relaxed, but keep your upper body straight and tall. Keep your abs flexed. They should be sore when your finished. When the outside front leg goes forward your pelvis should rock forward. When the leg comes back your pelvis should go back. I hope this helped!!
—Guest Iluvhorses

My teach

Lol my teachers started making a very insulting poem about my bro and it worked and I SAT
—Guest Amy

no bounce sitting trot

A horse's trot is composed of two phases: (a) the horse's diagonal hooves are on the ground and (b) the horse is airborne in 'suspension'. During (a) both the horse and rider feel additional weight because they are pulled downwards as if they were in the valley of a roller coaster. During (b) the horse and rider are both weightless in 'suspension'. While weightless the horse and rider can freely drift apart if any forces initiate their motion away from each other.
—Guest RogerG


The lunge line works appaently because my friends mastered the trot that way , but nothing seems to work for me!! Everyone who rides my horse has trouble sitting the trot for some reason haha
—Guest Emily

Start on a balance ball

Sit on a balance ball with your feet on the floor and start to bounce. Notice how your hips open and close and remember that feeling. Now get on your horse and ride forward at a walk. You should be able to feel your hips moving as the horse moves. Think In Out as you feel your hips move. Ask for the transition to the trot and think In out up down (bonus, you're on the correct diagonal) Now, stop rising but still think Up down as you let your hips flex and extend. If you feel you are bracing post for a few strides then stop rising. If you have the habit of bracing into your stirrups you may find it easier to learn this without stirrups. Just like with your reins you want a steady contact with your stirrups but not a lot of weight in them
—Guest carolprudm

Extra Tips

When trying to sit the trot get the feel by loping(cantering). Usually you will sit the lope and swing with it. Basically you "swing with it" on the sitting trot. You could also "post" the trot which I found easier after riding for about 2 years, but every one has their opinions and some like sitting the trot better than posting.
—Guest Guest Desi

Don't grip with your legs!

I used to have SUCH a hard time with the sitting trot; then my instructor told me this, and I could sit even an extended trot two weeks later: DO NOT GRIP WITH YOUR LEGS. What you want to do is relax them. If you grip with your legs, you're bracing, and you'll bounce even more. Make sure your weight is evenly between your seat bones and your pelvic bone. Then, let your hips and abs move with the trot, keeping a RELAXED leg; pinching them will only make the horse move faster and bounce you out of control. I've realized the motion is a lot like your sitting bones coming up on one side, then the other; a bit like belly dancing. Let your hips follow that, and the only part of your body that should be tensed is your abs and up.
—Guest Meghan


when sitting the trot, make sure to relax.But make sure to tighten your BUTT MUSCLES. if you dont than you have no grip on the saddle
—Guest miss know it all


Never give up you'll get it sometime just if you don't give up ! ! ! !
—Guest Nikki

sitting the trot

Put legs slightly forward heels down, put weight in heels. slightly lean back but not to far then RELAX and BREATHE!!! Its hard to get at first but soon you'll get the hang of it and it will be no problem.
—Guest guest

sit trot

Dont grip your butt muscles! Sit back in the saddle and allow your pelvis/pubic bone to lift forward and upwards. You butt stays in the saddle and you dont grip too tight with the knees..feel the rhythm..slow trot only...relax and feel the rhythm...only allow the front pelvis to move up and forward.
—Guest jojo

sit that trot

Never point your toes down this will only reduce the contact you have with your saddle. Grip with your knees and inner thigh and move you hips in a figure 8 patteren in rhythm with your horse. You can also control how fast your horse moves by how much you bounce. Slow your horse down by gripping tightly and " break" your horses rhythm by sitting harder in the saddle. Speed him up by making more movement in your seat. But all your worries will end in time what it all comes down to is muscle structure and conditioning. In time you will not even remember what it was like to not be able to sit a little trot.
—Guest riderUSA

sitting the trot

I am a professional rider/trainer/teacher of hunter seat equitation. (almost 40 years, yikes!) After reading some of the totally crazy responses, (also some good ones), my best advice is to find a qualified instructor and take a few lessons. If you were to follow some of the ridiculous advice given in some of the posts, your horse would likely dump you on the ground in protest! (and pain). Please, go find a good teacher and get some real help. It will be worth the cost and effort!

Sitting to The English Trot

I Think that when you sit to the English trot, this can be bad, but if you put some weight in your heels, it can help. I'm sure you've heard this before, but also put your heels down. Sit back a smidge, and try and get the rhythm of the horse. NOTE: It WILL take practice.
—Guest Horselover

loves horses

Sit straight, heels down toes pointed toward the horse, use knees to grip, not lower legs or the horse will think u want to go faster. Start walking and feel the rhythym..cue the horse to trot and evry second beat lift your pelvis...choose a front leg to watch..either one it doesnt matter..evry time the leg goes forward lift your pelvis..when the leg comes back drop back down. Do this and you'll maintain a rhythym...I learned on a lunge pad with someone holding a lunge line so I didnt have to worry about stearing..no stirrups or reins..improves your balance..PRACTICE!
—Guest jo

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