How to Trot Your Horse : How to Transition a Horse from Walk to Trot

How to Trot Your Horse : How to Transition a Horse from Walk to Trot


Hi, I’m Kelli on behalf of Expert Village,
I’m going to show you some tips and techniques that I use when I’m trotting and jogging my
horse. So now we have our horse moving comfortably at a walk. We are keeping our posture nice
and straight. Keeping our heels down, we are having her moving nice and forward. We are
holding our reins right. We are going to move into a trot so we are going to apply a little
bit more leg pressure. Give her a little cluck. We are going to her move up to a trot. Holding
her reins nice and loosely. You don’t want to hold her hands too ridged. You just want
them to kind of go with the motion of the horse. We are sitting nice and balanced with
our shoulders back, our shoulder, hip and heel are all in a line. Our heels are down.
We are looking where we want to go, keeping our chin up and parallel to the ground. We
are staying balance on our horse we are sitting, balanced on each seat bone. Now leaning off
to one side or leaning to the other, we are keeping our shoulders really nice and square.
Keeping our elbows bent and one our side. Our hands are a few inches above the horse
wither, our fingers are closed but they are nice and supple. They are not too ridged pulling
on her. We don’t want to pull her back up in her, we don’t also want to let her too
loose and let her arms kind of bounce out like this so we are keeping our reins nice
and loose. We are keeping our hands nice and soft. Soft hands make soft mouths and we are
using mostly our legs; we are not using a lot of rein pressure. We are using our leg
to steer where we want to go, looking where we want to go and keeping our posture. So
that is how you want to move from the walk into the trot.

33 thoughts on “How to Trot Your Horse : How to Transition a Horse from Walk to Trot

  1. by no means Im a horse expert or rider, but im trying to learn! But I thought that bouncing during a trot is normal? Was i mis informed?

  2. I'm not an expert, but there ARE two ways for a rider to trot. to bounce up and down or just sit down. I learned that on my first riding lesson. of course, riding ethics are different in different countries, so we shouldn't really criticize before we know more than our noses take us.

  3. how can you tell a horse is depressed from a video?? Her trot is fine, this is the kind of trot you do in western pleasure. Also just because she doesn't wiegh 95 lbs does NOT mean she is to big to ride a horse that horse is around 1100 pounds! I think it can handle her! SO why don't you stop being douche bags and get a life! And If you already know all about these things why are you watching the video??

  4. how can you tell a horse is depressed from a video?? Her trot is fine, this is the kind of trot you do in western pleasure. Also just because she doesn't wiegh 95 lbs does NOT mean she is to big to ride a horse that horse is around 1100 pounds! I think it can handle her! SO why don't you stop being douche bags and get a life! And If you already know all about these things why are you watching the video??

  5. @SamaraAriella Oh yeah you have really been riding western pleasure for 23 years when you are only 18!! I didn't know they had horses in your moms uterus!!

  6. @ohiostategurl I've been riding horses for over ten years and I've never had a horse with a trot like that (I've ridden english AND western). Maybe it's just the horse's gait, who knows, but that poor horse! Who bounces on their horse like that? You can ride a horse even if you're not 90 lbs (I've 120 lbs and rode a small pony and he was fine), but dear god…she probably weighs 170lbs or something and she's breaking the poor things back. Learn to ride.

  7. this is like crawling speed trot and yes – she does ride awfully! I'm so to say a rookie but I do know better than this. it's kind of flegmatic too (from the rider, of course – too bad she is armed with spurs).

  8. Ur suppose to move up in down in the saddle ,geez i dont even ride horses and i know this!!! And isnt the horse suppose to be looking up instead acting like some emo horse with hi head down!!

  9. not proper, sorry but its wrong. is this English riding aswell? this is definately NOT what i was taught! your horse doesnt look relaxed!! D:

  10. that is ot a trot. i feel sorry for the horse!!! how much will s/he be? ill buy her! s/he looks so uncomfortable. s/he can't even lift his/her head up!!!!

  11. That is a posting trot and most commonly done in English riding.Western riders generally sit the trot. English riders also hold their horses heads in. This horse has its head down, which is what western horses do. It shows they are relaxed. A horse with its head high isn't natural at all.

  12. First of all: why do you feel the need to use spurs? Second: that is the proper way for a quarter horse to hold its head. Also, yes, she is a horrible rider.

  13. The horse is sort of walking in a trot foot sequence…. no way is that anywhere near the correct pacing for the horse.

  14. She looks really tense and when trotting maybe for western its different but when trotting you should have tighter reins. Not a death grip but to tighter to have more control. It may be different for western I don't really know because I ride English.

  15. I think you should have a better bond with your horse before riding her. I mean, your horse does look pretty sad. I think you should do some training with your horse to get along with her better because that's how I got a strong with my horse. You should reward her when she does a good job with something too.

  16. I don't think I want you training my horse the horse's head is way too low how would you like to walk around or run with your head down the horse looks sad I hate it when I see a horse running or trotting with their head down so low

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