Sitting Trot I
Posted by Irina Yastrebova on Monday, June 9, 2008 10:45 PM
Lately I have been working a lot with my students on correct sitting trot. The biggest problem for them all is stabilizing their core. Unstable core manifests itself in different ways:
  • Shallow breathing, or not breathing at all for several strides.
  • Grabbing reins for support because body is losing it's balance, left behind and needs to do something to fix the situation.
  • Grabbing the saddle with the knees and thighs. Same reason as above, the body is fixing things anyway it can.
  • Rider looks like she is sitting at the back of the saddle, knees are usually drawn up .
  • Pushing up into the stirrups to release uncomfortable bouncing.
  • Rider moves too much in the middle of her torso, pulls her stomach in and rounds her back.
  • Rider is leaning back; usually goes together with holding on the reins and pushing with the hips.
  • Rider is leaning forward, sitting on a crouch and arching her back too much. Such stability created with the rigid spine is false and very stiff.
  • Rider is using her hips too much actively pushing them from back to front in every stride.
  • Riders who are able to create stability while focusing on riding the sitting trot usually lose it and revert to old habits as soon as they start doing exercises such as circles etc.
The most important thing to realize in learning sitting trot that it takes time and dedication. Your body will try to go back to old habits every time you focus on something else. Longing lessons with good instructor are of paramount importance. If you cannot arrange that spend 5-10 minutes every ride just riding sitting trot and focusing on how you do it, letting your horse simply trot around on a loose or semi-loose rein. Riding sitting trot without stirrups will show you areas of weakness that you need to work on.
In the next blog I will explain what rider has to do to work on proper biomechanics of sitting trot. Meanwhile, please read the following articles on my website:
Happy riding...
 
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