Rider Development#Following the Motion#Sitting Trot#Lower Leg

Ideally, the leg from the hip down, should be moving in concert with the horse.  This might look as if the leg is quiet.  It might also look as if the leg is moving as much as the horse is moving, whether at first level or with the cadence of a collected trot at Prix St. George.  The leg movement that follows the horse movement is what gives the appearance of a quiet leg.  The rider’s leg is actually not still; it has to have motion, but the motion has to be in concert with the horse,...

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Teach Leg Aid in Rising Trot

One of the fundamental skills in riding is the application of leg aid.  The student has to learn the basics of how to apply the leg aid at all 3 gaits.  In rising trot, once the student can follow the motion with relaxation in balance with the horse, and identify the diagonal pair of legs when rising or sitting, it is an easy progression to learn the types and timing of the leg aid.

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