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Sitting Trot

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Are You Ready to Move Up to Second Level?

Kate Fleming-Kuhn explains how to be sure you and your dressage horse are prepared before moving up a level.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl To sit a big trot more effectively, you need to make your horse more reactive to lighter aids and teach yourself to establish the optimal tempo.

Tips to Sit a Big Trot More Effectively

USDF gold medalist Kamila Dupont offers advice and explains that addressing this issue begins with improving the horse's gaits.

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At What Level In Dressage Are You Required to Sit the Trot?

Find out when you should be prepared to ride the sitting trot in dressage competition.

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The Secret to Following Your Horse’s Motion

Liz Steacie shares advice to help riders find a better sitting trot. Plus, try her unmounted exercise to get a better feel.

Jane Karol places her forefinger on Judy Wright's lower back to demonstrate where Wright needs to push to find the correct movement of her pelvis for sitting trot.

Finding Harmony in the Sitting Trot with Jane Karol

How to join your body with your horse’s so that you can feel balance, harmony and connection

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Can Bareback Riding Improve My Seat?

Melonie Kessler answers this reader question, explaining the benefits of bareback riding for both horse and rider.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl The dressage rider’s goal is to develop a classically correct seat (as shown above by Kasey Perry); where she will sit in an ear–shoulder–hip–heel vertical alignment while continuing to swing with the horse’s back.

Learning to Sit the Trot

Joan Williams explains this important step in a dressage rider's development and answers a reader's question.

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How to Maximize Points for Dressage Test Success with Janet Foy

FEI 5* judge Janet Foy explains how attention to detail can earn you those extra points in the show ring—from making a strong first impression to riding each movement with precision, these helpful hints will turn your test from average to great.