The sitting trot is one of those gaits that most of us want to improve. To sit the trot smoothly and comfortably takes a combination of balance, stability, and fluid movement.
When I ride and when I teach riding, I am always looking for what really makes the difference in learning a new skill. Whether it is a descriptive word or an analogy that creates a new understanding, or an exercise that helps create the right feeling. Many times, in the process of searching for a better way, I realize that what I was doing really didn't work all that well. This is what happened with the sitting trot.
When I was introduced to a new way of not only riding the sitting trot, but also a new way of describing how to sit the trot, not only did my own riding improve, but I was also able to do a better job helping my riding students improve their trot.
It was a simple shift from thinking about absorbing the movement of the sitting trot to going with the movement of the sitting trot. I explain what I mean by this in today's video, as well as share a simple exercise to help your own riding.
Now it's your turn to leave a comment! What helped you better ride the sitting trot? Was it a new way of thinking about it? A word someone used? An exercise?
See you in the comments!