Sit to his trot

Per­fect your sit­ting trot skills

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1Are you both ready Never sit to the trot on a horse that isn’t ready and the same ap­plies to you. If you don’t feel es­tab­lished in sit­ting trot, do most of your work ris­ing. Most pro­fes­sion­als work even their ad­vanced horses in ris­ing trot to help de­velop their horse’s swing and back strength. 2Develop skills on the lunge To de­velop your sit­ting trot, lunge lessons or reg­u­larly work­ing with­out stir­rups can do won­ders. If your horse isn’t ready to play host to your prac­tise ses­sions, most rid­ing schools of­fer lunge lessons and even spe­cific ‘work with­out stir­rup’ lessons. Our top tip dur­ing these lessons is to try to avoid hold­ing on to the pom­mel – some in­struc­tors rec­om­mend it but you should be mind­ful that this will only ex­ert a force through your arms, pulling back onto the sad­dle and it won’t help you to de­velop any bal­ance or core strength. It’s re­ally im­por­tant that you learn to use your seat and core for bal­ance and not to rely on the reins for sup­port. 3Take small steps to suc­cess Sit­ting trot doesn’t have to be con­quered in the very first sit­ting (ex­cuse the pun) so don’t keep go­ing un­til you feel like you’re about top­ple off. Start off gen­tly, only trot­ting for a cou­ple of strides be­fore walk­ing again. Rep­e­ti­tion, lit­tle and of­ten, is the key to suc­cess in sit­ting trot.

4 De­velop your core Be­ing floppy in the sad­dle won’t make for a pretty (or com­fort­able) pic­ture in the sad­dle when sit­ting to your horse’s trot. It’s im­por­tant not to be tense but to sit up tall, sta­bilise your frame and al­low your hips to fol­low your horse’s trot rhythm. Your knees and an­kles should also be soft to ab­sorb any shock. Reg­u­lar core strength ex­er­cises will help you to achieve a sit­ting trot that looks ef­fort­less and pi­lates is ex­cel­lent for this. Some places even of­fer equine-spe­cific pi­lates. 5Sit tall, look ahead As the say­ing goes, keep your eyes on the prize and not on the flfloor (we may have added that last bit). Al­ways be think­ing about look­ing ahead, keep­ing your shoul­ders nice and square over your hips and fight ev­ery urge to drop that chin. Now, say hello to your ef­fort­less-look­ing sit­ting trot.

Look ahead and sit tall if you want to sit to his trot

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