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Re: [RC] need help - riding a trotting horse - Nancy Sturm

Should I get him home and take some h/j lessons, bit him and start working him that way?

No, not just because your friend says you should. I think we can all benefit from taking some lessons, but this is your horse and you chose the trainer and the style of riding that appeals to you. Does the trainer also give lessons?

My husband tried team roping many years back. I noticed that lots of the cowboys "posted" some of the time.

As for trotting, relax. Do not make yourself post. Your leg stays in place and your body moves forward from the hinge of your knee. You'll get it in an afternoon. I promise. I ride with a very long stirrup, but sometines shortening your stirrups a bit does help in the beginning.

Our adult daughter bought a nice mellow off track Standadbred when she decided to return to riding. She's slim and athletic and I really could not understand why she was having such a hard time learning to post. That was until I rode the horse. He's is a wonderful horse to handle, but he's a real trick to ride and had a huge bounding trot that shoots you way up over his shoulder. We still have him, but rarely ride him.



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[RC] need help - riding a trotting horse, Mellifluous