How to Perform a Sitting Trot

Sitting trot is the most difficult gait for most horseback riders. Sitting trot takes time,  practice, a forgiving horse, and, perhaps most importantly, an ability to relax.   Here are a few tips to help you perform the sitting trot: Don’t force your heels down in sitting trot, but make your ankles as loose and…

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Tips on riding an Equitation Pattern

  The diagram below provides an important tip for equitation classes that many beginners learn the hard way – by performing the pattern incorrectly in the show ring. As this diagram shows, to correctly execute a figure 8 in an equitation class at a horse show, it is important to not ride the pattern in…