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

Possible solutions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Happy riding...
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