Learning to Trot and Lacking Confidence? Try This!
Riding trot early on can be intimidating! It can be a bit scary. We’re now out of walk and going a bit quicker. Not knowing exactly what you are doing can be scary also.
If you’re not feeling confident, not feeling comfortable and not feeling safe especially that you are still learning and you don’t know what to do with the trot is don’t go for the big trot. So bring the horse,s gait to a level where you can start to build confidence, where you can start to build skills and you can start to build a balance and then you can build on that.
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Okay, so people can get scared trotting because in a walk you’re feeling good. We’ve done the walk Olympics and it’s like I’m solid. My leg are long, my stomachs in and tall. Everything’s awesome. Look how straight I am. Look how perfect my position is.
And then they trot and it all unravels horribly. Now that used to be me for so many years. I used to get so frustrated. I used to be like, why can’t I do this in trot and in canter? I’m perfect in walk. The thing is walk is easy. That’s why most people start with walk. It is an easy gait. It’s something… Hey, we’re not doing that. Hello Olly.
Natasha Althoff: Yes, it’s an easy gait. It’s slow and it’s possible for you to sit still. So what you need to do in trot is, especially if you’re learning or you’re not feeling confident, don’t go for a big trot. So if I asked this horse to trot, straight away, I’m going to be like, you need to work, you need to gun, you need to give me a nice big trot. But that’s because I’m working on the training of the horse, not myself.
If I’m not feeling confident, if I’m not feeling comfortable, if I’m not feeling safe that I’m going to fall off, bring it to this trot. So you’re just… This isn’t even a trot. I don’t know what this is, but it’s just something so slow that you can’t fall off.
So you’re walking and then you go, okay, trot but don’t trot big. Little trot. Little trot. Little trot. Little trot. Little trot. And walk again to give yourself confidence. And go, cool, I stayed on. That felt okay. All right. Again and trot. Little trot. Little trot. Little trot. Little trot.
And walk and you go, cool. I stayed on. That was okay. And you keep doing that week after week and go a little bit more trot. And a little bit more trot. And a little bit more trot. Until you feel confident asking for that trot straight up, but you’ve got to love and respect where you’re at. If you’re not a top rider yet, not saying that you won’t be, it’s just yet. You’ve got to practice where your skill level is at.
There’s no point practicing at extreme level if you’re needing to practice at easy level. So bring the horses gait to a level where you can start to build confidence, where you can start to build skills and you can start to build a balance and then you can build on that.
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