How Do I Keep My Legs Still in the Trot?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “how do I keep my legs still in the trot?”

Keeping your legs still in trot is very, very, very tricky!

Keeping your legs still in trot is very, very, very tricky. So how do you keep your lower legs still in trot? You want weight down through your ankles. Try that.

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Today’s question is how do I keep my legs still in the trot? Okay. So keeping your legs still in trot is very, very, very tricky. So first, just be okay with the fact that it’s very tricky. You can see my legs are not still. They’re bouncing around and moving around, and that’s because the horse is moving. So if you’re sitting on something that’s moving, you’re going to have to move somewhere.

Now, hopefully, if I’m riding okay, my body isn’t moving like this. So you can see my legs can become stiller if I move my body because then I can take the shock just like shock absorbers. I can take the movement of the horse either through my upper body, which means my legs might stay still but then my upper body moves. Or I can send all that bouncing and all that energy down to my ankles and stamp it out in my ankles, which is what I like to do.

I am not saying I am the best rider in the world. I’m not saying I’ve figured out how to stay still yet. I just know when I first learned sitting trot, I moved my upper body. Now at least I’m a little bit stiller there, and my legs move a little bit more. Loving this learning? Make sure you click the subscribe button so you never miss an episode.

So how do you keep your lower legs still in trot? You might notice that what they’re doing is swinging a little bit. That’s all right. If they’re swinging or they’re really … Yeah, they would swing. So if they’re doing this, that means there’s no weight down through your ankle. You know whenever you had a lesson years and years ago, it was always heels down, heels down, heels down, heels down. Now heels down is meant for you to then send energy and weight down through your heel, which then gives you a steady leg position.

So heels down is not wrong, but without knowing why you need your heels down, sometimes you can be like, “Okay, heels down” and push your legs like that, and you’re still not getting the exact point of what you want in your riding seat. So think of stamping down with your ankle. Yes, heels down and toes up, but because there’s weight down there. You don’t want weight in your upper body. You want weight down through your ankles. Try that.

If today’s episode gave you huge value, I would love to invite you to a free class I’ve created for you to help you look and feel like a Grand Prix dressage driver in as little as three rides per week. Don’t worry if you don’t have a good enough horse. In secret number one, I’ll tell you why that doesn’t even matter. I’ll tell you how to do it in less than – in only three rides. I’ll also tell you the secret you need to know to make sure you’re doing in your riding to accelerate your results and get you to the next level.

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