How Do You Do Sitting Trot? – Part 1: Using Seat Bones
This is the first part of a 4 part series on how to do sitting trot. Step 1 is all about your seat bones – making sure you can feel when they are connecting with the saddle, and the different rhythms that they have in the trot as opposed to the walk and the canter.
The key to your seat bones and sitting trot is to make sure you ‘plug’ your seat bones into the saddle – rather than trying to sit still on the horse, move with the horse using your seat bones as a guide.
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Today I’m going to answer the question how do you do sitting trot?
Okay, so the first step in sitting trot still, balanced and easy is thinking about your seat bones. Now most riders don’t think about their seat bones when they’re riding a horse but if you put your hand under your bum, you’ll notice you feel these bony parts and if you tilt forward, you’ll notice that you feel it, feel it, feel it, and then it disappears, and then when you tilt back, you’ll feel it, feel it, feel it, and if you keep leaning back, you’ll stop feeling it again.
Now that is … If you put your hand under there, it’s really like bony and pronounced but only in a particular spot, so if you can’t feel it, feel it, feel it, ow, ow, ow, ow, can’t feel it again, okay?
So really do this exercise. Get someone to hold your horse or you can do it on the couch but really feel where your seat bones are.
Now pretend, and I’ve actually seen saddles that are like that, pretend that you had a hole cut out of your saddle there and out of your saddle there, okay? You get your seat bone and you plug it into the hole in the saddle there and plus your hole into the saddle there, and your seat bones are then plugged into the saddle and into the horse’s back.
When you then are walking, you should feel that you feel more weight in a particular seat bone, especially as the horse moves its pelvis and moves it … That was my whip on the side.
So yeah, as the horse moves its pelvis, you can see … And it’s hind leg, see how it goes left, right, left, right, so totally exaggerated is your body going like this. It doesn’t do that. Please don’t think it does that, but you’ll feel weight … So even if you put your hand back under your seat bone, you’ll feel your seat bone, not feel it, feel it, not feel it, feel it, not feel it, and you’ll feel it move with the horse’s back.
As you plug it in, you can also then influence your horse’s walk by moving your seat bones bigger or by moving them smaller, and you can see he’s reacting … I haven’t touched my reins, I’ve just played with my seat bones to influence what his pelvis is doing and what his hind legs are doing because I’m plugged in.
That’s that first thing, getting really, really clear on how to plug in.
Then obviously, the trot is a two beat movement so your seat bones are going to go left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, so when we start to trot, if people aren’t thinking they just bounce up and down like this. They go I want to sit, I want to sit, I want to sit, but they’re trying to sit on something that’s moving so instead of trying to sit on something that’s moving, plug in.
Find your left seat bone, find your right seat bone. Left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left right. He’s got a really big kind of trot so to plug in and to sit, sit, sit, sit, is a little bit harder than if you were on this beautiful smooth moving kind of horse.
Regardless, if you’re on this big, big mover or this smooth lovely horse, it really doesn’t matter what, you’ve got to plug in, you’ve got to get in there. Rather than sitting on top of the horse, sit into the horse. Enjoy step one and I can’t wait to see you for the next video next week.