The Sitting Trot With and Without Stirrups

The Sitting trot with Stirrups is different to the sitting trot and without Stirrups Why?
The difference is in how many weight bearing surfaces you have to balance on and the action of your muscles.
The following images have been sourced from the internet.
images 18When you ride with stirrups you have your weight down through your seat and heel. Your weight is supported by a platform, the stirrup.  At rest, you have a platform to support your lower leg. The stirrup gives you a place to rest your weight on.  The stirrup gives you something to push into and lever off of. (Riders often block their seat by using their stirrups to balance on.)
download 6When you ride without stirrups your weight is totally down through your seat bones and your legs dangle at rest. You don't have that platform to rest and support your lower leg on. Without stirrups, you have to engage a set of muscles to hold your leg in position. These muscles are now working against gravity, this does not happen when you have stirrups.
(Riders often bring in their hands to balance on when the stirrups are removed.)
So there is a difference.
So how does it affect how you train the Sitting trot?
Our body relies on sensory inputs and we use our feet and hands to coordinate how we move. We learn this as babies.
When you walk you know where you place your feet (automatically, unconsciously). When you use your hands your mind, your eyes have already set the movement and the action in motion (automatically and unconsciously).
To ride the sitting trot requires riders to reprogram how you use your body. You cannot just do it!
Your seat becomes the leading body part to train. How many times have you heard the comment "relax your seat" HOW?
To train your seat you need to change your focus and also understand the influence other body parts have in your training. It is just a matter of HOW. We are trained to use our hands and our feet, not our seat, for function.  So you need to learn how to control your body and stop your body controlling you.
images 24When you watch videos of elite dressage, think about what you are watching.
First, they are elite, second, their horse is elite, third they have done hours of training and fourth they don't do any rising trot at that level. 
Obviously, there are many more points to consider. 
So training the sitting trot with stirrups requires a different sequence of muscle engagement and coordination than riding without stirrups. It is just a matter of learning the sequence of steps and putting it together and then practicing to train strength and endurance of those muscles.
I train riders using a triple flexion movement pattern. This pattern becomes an automatic movement you can reproduce automatically when you go to the sitting trot pace. Of course, the core muscle is involved as well as training the coordination of your pelvis.
The outcome is the same. You have the skill to ride the trot sitting in the saddle and control your lower leg with or without stirrups.
Practise can be correct or incorrect!
If you want to learn the difference and how to train to ride the sitting trot well then consider my Rider Biomechanics course.
As a Physiotherapist, my approach is very easy to follow, I taught myself to ride using correct muscles patterns I now teach this.
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