StraightForward wrote:Well, I was thinking this morning about making a post (ha!) about posting trot, so can it be this one?
I'll be brave and put up some video for critique tonight.
Assuming the rider is balanced enough to not be pulling herself up by the reins, or plopping harshly into the saddle, what are the common pitfalls of rising trot? What are common improvements that can be made. What adaptations can the rider use to address issues with the horse's trot?
Yes of course you can use this thread.
She discusses posting trot in numerous places in Balance in Movement like MC said she does in the other book. She has no index so I will just list what I can find easily for pitfalls.
She says the following:
- refers to posting trot as a difficult balancing act.
- many basic seat and balance problems can be diagnosed with posting trot.
- When learning it is okay to lean slightly forward. The vertical upper body is an advanced balance exercise. (Hmmm... I worked very hard to get a vertical upper body only to be gigged on it in a lesson.)
- Many riders can only contain and influence the horse in the sit phase which can lead to a pumping lower leg.
- particularly difficult to maintain the secure seat in rising trot. (She has a long description of secure seat which includes being "glued" to the saddle but I would say it is just staying on with balance alone.)
- rising trot minus secure seat lets the horse evade the aids.