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9th Aug 2002, 11:45 PM
I have a problem with sitting trot. I am so use to posting that i can't even sit nicely on the sitting trot. everytime i try to sit..its very bouncy, my instructor has often ask me to relax..but i tried, it keeps hurting my buttocks..and the horse is not confortable as well, so if he is fed-up of hitting my buttocks..he starts to canter.
anybody can help?
9th Aug 2002, 11:56 PM
you may want to drop your irons that will make it a little easier to sit on your bum and get your wieght where it should be and not on your irons.
i have a hard time doing sitting trot on really bouncy horses hard when i have my irons. if they have an ok trot than i have no prob lol.
first try to sit up straight and keep your heels down. your heels come up, your leg goes back, you get hunched over and you bounce of right off the shoulder. (speaking from experiance, stay sitting up straight!) look up, keep your eyes out of the dirt (or thats where you will end up).
if you are tensing up because of bouncyness you will bounce even more. so you need to try and relax. SING if you sing you are forcing yourself to breath and that will help you to relax.
if your horse is cantering either he has a bad back your bouncing is hurting OR your legs are accidenctly banging into his sides while you are trying to sit.
10th Aug 2002, 06:19 AM
Sitting trot is easier once you get used to it. It helps if you start by trotting a few then dropping your stirrups, and grab some mane if you feel unbalanced. Try to stay centered and balanced, and look up and ahead. When people look down, they drop their weight briefly, and sometimes horses will change gaits because of the weight 'shift.' After you feel comfortable trotting no stirrups, put your stirrups back on, but two or three holes longer than usual.
10th Aug 2002, 08:33 AM
I fount that the best thing for my sitting trot was holding onto the pommel to keep me in the seat. Gradually I took my hand off for longer and longer and now my sitting trot is ok, altough your instructor may not allow you to do this. Another thing that helped was constantly half halting as it slows my pony down, and the slower he goes, the more comfortable his trot is
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