Does the rising trot feel tiring? Do you struggle with being
able to use your legs to cue the horse while trotting?
How much effort should it take and what exactly propels the
rider upwards – is it using your legs to lift, pushing off your stirrups, or
something entirely different?
A common frustration for new riders learning the trot is the
“double bounce”, that feeling of the sitting phase being just a little too long
so that the posting motion feels labored instead of a smooth movement with the
The rising trot can be a gait of ease, feeling in sync with
the horse and covering ground quickly and efficiently, whether on the trail or
in the arena. But it can also feel rough, uncoordinated, and disorganized if
the rider is not moving with the horse.
Many riders make the mistake of trying to push themselves
upwards, gripping with their thighs, or pressing down against the stirrups in
the struggle to find the posting trot motion.
In this week’s video, I will share a few tips on how to ride
the posting trot and avoid the dreaded double bounce. Hint, rising the trot,
when done well, requires much less effort than you may think!