Some riders love this gait and others find it very challenging. How easy the sitting trot feels depends on two main factors – your horse’s movement and your ability to go with that movement.
If you are riding a quarter horse with a western pleasure jog, the sitting trot will certainly be easier than sitting an extended trot on a big moving warmblood.
However, learning to sit the trot, regardless of how big the horse’s movement is, develops riding skills that are invaluable in other areas as well – riding canter, sitting a spook, or having smoother transitions.
In this video, I want to share two mistakes riders make when sitting the trot (hint… the first mistake is thinking they need to grip with their legs to hang on!).
Then I will share two exercises to help you have a better sitting trot.
After you watch the video, leave a comment below and let me know which of the exercises you found most helpful.
I also invite you to learn more about my book Stay in the Saddle – 67 Exercises for Horse and Rider for more exercises like these that you can combine into 100’s of training sessions (every exercise has a demo with tips and troubleshooting).
See you in the comments!