How am I supposed to do the rising trot?

I’ve been working on improving my rising trot for a while and I’m confused. Am I supposed to just sit up and down or thrust my hips forward?


What happen to Sandra's answer, very educational as well.


Amelia, I'll answer your question, but you really need to repost this in the Horses section, under the Pets heading. You'll get far better answers there. This section is for followers of horse racing and horse racing related questions. The easiest way to learn to post is to remember first that it is a two beat gait. You rise on the first beat and sit on the second beat. And when you rise, your rear end needs to come out of the saddle; it is not just a simple thrust of the hips. Think about the rhythm in your head, and count one-two, one-two, one-two, over and over again.Another thing you'll discover as you become more experienced at posting is that you can actually control how fast your horse trots by controlling how fast you post. If you slow your posting, your horse will slow down. If you speed up, he or she will speed up. An additional trick that might help you learn the rhythm of the trot is remembering the old song Yankee Doodle Dandy. Yankee Doodle is written in march tempo, which is 2/4 time. Since the trot is a two beat gait, if you can whistle or sing Yankee Doodle, you can learn to post in time to it. Once you master posting, then it will be time for you to learn the concept of diagonals. When a horse trots, he or she is constantly springing between one diagonal pair of legs and the other. That's what gives the trot its two beats. The concept of ridden diagonals refers to the idea that you want to be rising and sitting in rhythm with the horse's OUTSIDE front leg. So if you're going left, the outside fore (which is the one closest to the wall or the fence, if you're riding in an arena) will be the horse's right leg. If you're going in a circle to the right, the opposite will be true. An easy way to remember this is to think of the old saying "rise and fall with the leg on the WALL". In other words, rise when that leg moves forward, and sit when it moves back. Or you can use the other old saying of "forward and back with the leg on the TRACK" to serve the same purpose. They both refer to the same concept. Good luck, and have fun learning !!


It's just posting. No one's going to die if you do it one way or another. It's not even hard either. Also, no one can teach you how to do it in text. I don't know why you don't look up a video on it.