Mastering The Sitting Trot

May 31, 2012 · Posted in Sports 

Join the club, if you find you are having trouble with sitting when your horse is on the trot. All too many riders who are getting trained in the sitting trot face issues maintaining their seat. Lots of these riders have learned the hard way that their seat bones frequently fail to be where they are meant to be: on the saddle. In actual fact you can learn to sit the trot superbly if you try out some straightforward tricks. The results will be immediate.

To begin with, let’s redefine the word ‘sit’ in the frame of reference of the trot. Many riders assume this word indicates passivity. They’re wrong. You aren’t meant to sit like a brass Laughing Buddha while on the sitting trot. You can enhance your position a heap if you change your idea of the sitting trot: regard it as a process that actively involves you, as well.

Poor sitting trots feed on themselves and degenerate further with time. The whole problem starts with the down movement. The ride fails to remain in rhythm with the horse; he starts to drop into the saddle as the saddle starts its journey back up. The result’s a clashing reunion of rider seat and saddle. A horse subject to that sort of impact tends to stiffen up. He will collapse his back, and when a horse does this, the trot becomes a gait that’s not possible to sit.

You can properly sit the trot only when you learn how to closely follow your saddle’s up and back down movements. This job is all the more challenging because you need to learn to do it on your seat bones.

The positive side of all of it is that you don’t need to put your pony to any difficulty while you get yourself tuned into sitting trots. Take it out on a hard chair of wood instead. Sit on the chair with your face to its back, and ensure that the chair is in contact with both of your seat bones. Tighten and loosen each one of the seat bones alternatively, so that one seat bone is up when the other is down. If you find you’re not able to do this, you most likely have weak muscles in your butt; though it’s also possible that your hips and your back might be too tight. You can bring this area of your anatomy to full strength and suppleness with some stretching, yoga or pilates.

Once you are finished with the chair, it is back to your pony. Sit straight, your back should be straight up over your hips and your seat. Follow your horse’s movement with one seat bone at a time. Don’t curve your back, and keep your hips soft and flexible to enable you to follow your horse’s movement closely. If you have correctly aligned your body, your legs should be well relaxed with the impact being cushioned by your in time motion.

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