A problem in rising trot.
Posted by Irina Yastrebova on Friday, October 15, 2010 10:16 AM
Problem: knees sliding up and down during rising trot.
Extra considerations: Long thighs, stirrups feel long, rising trot looks exadurated, horse has wide withers
- The saddle does not fit the rider in the length of flaps and thigh roll
position, shape and size. Because the rider has a long thigh he/she probably needs
custom made saddle with a flap being slightly forward and not vertically
down and thigh roll that helps position thighs flat along the roll from top
to the knee. This will allow the rider to take more contact between thighs
and the saddle without gripping hard. Knee roll that is too tight will push the knee up and
make leg shorter which in return makes rider struggle to keep feet in the stirrups.
- The rider uses stirrups too much for posting the trot.
Stirrups feel long and the rider pushes his/her knees down to reach stirrups in rising
phase and then knees spring back to normal position when rider sits down. The rider needs to try
posting without stirrups to get a taste of how thighs needs to be involved
in posting trot. Exaggerated posting happens when the rider posts more up/down then
forward/back and waits for the horse to push him/her up instead of posting
more like squatting exercise.
Rising trot is one of the most basic skills that rider learns in the very beginning. However, it is one
often incorrectly executed. Learning how to post the trot is the first step in developing rider's ability to
effectively control the horse's speed, tempo and balance.