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Sitting Trot. Can you truly get it or improve it if you don’t feel it?

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Feeling the motion of the horse’s back

If you had to describe a movement your body feels in sitting trot to a non-rider, how would you do it? If you wanted to tell them how not to bounce in sitting trot, how to stay centred and help the horse via your seat in sitting trot, how would you do it? How does your pelvis move in the saddle and what part of your body absorbs the concussion?

If there is an issue with your sitting trot, if you have difficulty sitting to the movement of your horse, I recommend having a go at the above questions. If you are not sure, take a moment to think before you read further ­čÖé I’ll pop another photo below to delay your reading ­čÖé

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Sitting Trot Case Study (plus a Blogger Weekend Challenge!)

Sitting trot. How do you fare in it? One of the issues we are filming for Aspire Equestrian Video Library is a process of improving a rider with good lateral stability (left to right) but comparatively weak front to back stability resulting in, what in layman terms we could call a “wavy upper body”.

The rider in our Case Study below mainly jumps and rides with short stirrups in a forward cut saddle. In the video below, as an experiment for the footage, I lengthened her stirrups 3 holes from her usual leather length. I also applied slow motion effect so those of you who are just learning to analyse own videos can spot the problem – it’s not always easy to “see” what’s happening so it’s important to train your eye (especially if you are an instructor-to-be).

 

For this rider, the issue with stabilising own upper body in the right position in motion (that is, one which effectively helps the horse with his balance) comes with several unwanted by products, some examples include:

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