What’s the secret to keep a stable leg in sitting trot?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “What’s the secret to keep a stable leg in sitting trot?”

I’ve chosen my bounciest horse for this occasion. So, if I keep his trot nice and little and crappy, I can sit, and I can go, “Yep, everything’s still”. And my leg, while not trotting, my leg’s pretty saying the same. But if I say, “Okay, give me a trot.” And I say, “Okay, I want the trot to take him to the ring,” what starts happening? I’m bouncing. And I literally come out of the saddle.

So let me stop and explain. The secret is these inner thigh muscles. And let me share a video of what happened to me the first time I rode. So this is what I looked like nine weeks after not riding, after I did some sitting trot.

 

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Hey, dressage superstars, welcome to Dressage Mastery TV. Today I’m going to answer the question what is the secret to keeping a still stable leg in sitting trot?

Okay, so you’ve got sitting trot. And I’ve chosen my bounciest horse for this occasion. So, if I keep his trot nice and little and crappy, I can sit, and I can go, “Yep, everything’s still”. And my leg, while not trotting, my leg’s pretty saying the same. But if I say, “Okay, give me a trot.” And I say, “Okay, I want the trot to take him to the ring,” what starts happening? I’m bouncing. And I literally come out of the saddle.

Now, that’s because I’ve had nine weeks off, nine weeks off riding, and my muscles and my body is not where it needs to be. And secondly, there is just a lot of power going through my lower legs. So there’s some bounce for you.

So let me stop and explain. The secret is these inner thigh muscles. And let me share a video of what happened to me the first time I rode. So this is what I looked like nine weeks after not riding, after I did some sitting trot.

Tash: Hello?

Kate: Hey, how was your ride?

So, Tash has had nine weeks off. And it’s only on one side, so I don’t know what I said about my riding. But I’m like yielding this why and I’m like, “Whoa, oh I’m going to put this leg on.” And it’s like I’ve pulled something. It’s my groin. Is it my groin?

Yeah, it’s your groin.

Yeah, it’s my groin. That’s how my riding is.

Here’s something I prepared earlier because in the interest of completeness, Phil and Kate said I had to go to this detail. So yay. Phil’s muscular system, why does he have this? Does he need this spruce medical degree? No, not medical degree, radiography degree, whatever it is.

Anyway, there’s come, come. This thing, which is really cool to actually see. So it runs all the way up into your groin and I don’t know if it’s connected or if there’s two of them and then they attached to other things. A physio or someone much more knowledgeable than me would be able to figure out, but that’s what these muscle are. This tiny little muscle. It’s called your gracilis M. Why don’t they have Ms after them?

That’s a muscle.

Thanks.

Gracilis muscle.

Thanks, Kate. Well done. So it’s a gracilis muscle that I strained that is now much better.

So if that’s about my thigh muscles do after nine weeks off, you can see how important they are and keeping you into the saddle. So that is the secret to keep a nice steady stable leg. It’s the inner thigh muscles well that stops you bouncing, which stops your legs swinging. But then your leg will move up and down. Look at any, any top rider. Look at slow motion. We’ll get some for you. The leg, the leg does have to move because your ankle is your shock absorber. So the horse is throwing you up and you need to have some kind of shock absorber, to minimize and diffuse the energy that’s throwing you out of the saddle. Because obviously you don’t want to move, and you take that out through your ankle.

So two things to remember when you’re trying to keep a stable leg and sitting trot. One, upper thigh, upper groin muscles keep you in the saddle. Two, take the weight out down three ankle for your shock absorber.

So if the answer is to increase your inner thigh muscles, like to stay sitting in saddle more all you got to do is grow your inner thigh muscles and get them stronger and stronger. What’s the key to that? Doing it baby.

You have to do the hours, you have to sit, you have to do your ceiling shot. And right now I’m screaming, “Ah” is what my muscles are doing. My abs, my obliques, my inner thighs, everything. And when I say inner thighs, these ones, not these ones, these ones. They’re screaming because they’ve been on holiday for nine weeks. So it’s really, really important you keep practicing you’re sitting trot. Don’t shy away from it. Keep doing it and you will get stronger.

Enjoy your practice.

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 rider, 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. And 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. I can’t wait to have you on the class. It’s completely free. My gift to you, click on the link to sign up.

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