How Do You Do Sitting Trot? – Part 2

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How Do You Do Sitting Trot? – Part 2 (How Do I Sit Still In Trot?”

This is the second part of a 4 part series on how to do sitting trot.

To watch Part 1 please go to : https://youtu.be/_VLilMtgVRs

So step 2 of how to do sitting trot is, you are moving. No, people say, I want to sit still! I don’t want to move!

That’s not possible. It’s easy to sit still on a couch, because the couch isn’t moving.

You’re on a horse, it is moving. The way the horse moves, that throws you up in the air. You only need to put a rag doll or a dummy up on a horse’s back, and see it be catapulted left, right, forwards, backwards because of the way the horse moves.

So you are being thrown around, and your job is to counteract that.

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Hey dressage superstars! Today I’m going to answer the question, how do you do sitting trot, part 2.

So step 2 of how to do sitting trot is, you are moving. No, people say, I want to sit still. I don’t want to move. That’s not possible. It’s easy to sit still on a couch, because the couch isn’t moving. You’re on a horse, it is moving. The way the horse moves, that throws you up in the air. You only need to put a rag doll or a dummy up on a horse’s back, and see it be catapulted left, right, forwards, backwards because of the way the horse moves. So you are being thrown around, and your job is to counteract that.

So your first thing is to plug in your sit bones which we talked about in the last video. The second thing is, you need a shock absorber. Just like a car has a shock absorber, so do you. Your shock absorber is your ankle. So your legs are literally, this is exaggerated, but are going to go bump, bump, bump, bump. And it’s called stamping down with the ankle, with your shock absorber.

So you want to think about, you know, when always we learn how to ride, what are we told? Heels down, heels down. And we’re like, alright, heels down. And we think that’s because that’s what makes us look like a good dressage rider. But it’s not really about looks. It’s about if we have the weight down through the ankle, then we have the ankle be able to do it’s job, which is being a shock absorber, and therefore we’re going to be sitting in the right position on the horse’s saddle.

So in the trot, you can see my ankle’s moving. Now, if I say, okay, I’m going to keep my ankle still, what’s happened to my seat? I’m bouncing. Because I’m going, I’m not going to move my ankle, I’m not going to move my leg, I’m not going to move my leg.

So the minute I go, okay, plug in, sit in, and let my legs move a little bit, stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp, the more stiller I can be with my upper body.

And I’m not perfect yet, I’m not the best rider in the world. Love to be, but not yet. So I still have a long way to go. But I know when I was learning how to ride, I bounced so much. I hated sitting trot, I didn’t want to do it. And it was when I learnt these keys of getting, you know, the plugging the sit bones in, and taking the weight through the ankle, I still didn’t get better overnight. It’s like it’s the shampoo commercial. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen. My seat got better, because I could take that moving propulsion and send it down through my legs instead. So enjoy, and have fun with that.

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