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So, I'm going riding again soon, and, it's a very novice question, but I'd like to know how I could improve my sitting trot :3 Because, at most beginner riding lessons, they start you off with the sitting trot. Help me not bounce around XD

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Sitting Trot is Just a Bare Minimum Post

The thing about the sitting trot is that you are not sitting still. (In an English saddle, trotting will never be relaxing enough for such a thing.) You see, whether "sitting" or posting, your horse's back is moving, so you really can't just "sit" but are forced to move to keep up with them. Believe it or not, in an English saddle, the trick to a sitting trot is to post, only less exaggerated. First you master the post, and then you gradually make it less exaggerated so you don't actually come out of the saddle but are still making the same type of movements. That's all a sitting trot is. It's the same muscle group, same movement, but less work and more precision.

 

The biggest help I ever had was having someone re-teach me how to think about posting. You see, I was never actually taught to "sit" through a trot; I simply learned the most natural posting method and then learned how to do it without leaving the saddle. And my breakthrough came from an instructor telling me that posting "up" is not how our body should actually be moving. "Everyone tells you to go up and down," she said, "but what your hips should actually doing while posting is a forward and down motion. When you're 'up,' that should be you moving back to the natural position and the horse moving away from you; it's going down that you want to actually move your hips forward and down with the horse." It seems very counter-intuitive, but what she was teaching me was how to move with the horse directly rather than force a post. Once you learn how to post like that, it's just matter of gradually working less hard and then eventually you're touching the saddle without bouncing by simply doing the absolute minimum amount of "posting."

 

So unless your instructor is asking it of you, I wouldn't worry about the sitting trot. I'd worry about mastering posting, making it less and less work for yourself. And eventually, if you develop precise posting technique and then try to do it with as little effort as possible, you'll find yourself barely coming out of the saddle...or not coming out of the saddle at all.

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Oh man, I haven't ridden a horse in quite a while.  But this sure brings back memories.

 

If my memory serves me correctly, while in western and trotting, the best thing to remember is to keep your heels down and pointed inward.  You don't want to lean back and you don't want to lean forward while trotting, however, you want to be ever so slightly leaned forward to keep yourself above your center of gravity.  Keeping your heels down as much as you can will help you "sit" in your saddle.

 

Believe me, I had trouble with trotting and not bouncing so much.  But all it takes is practice... at first it is annoying and you are sore, but the more you practice sitting down in the saddle not to bob up and down so much, the better it will be.

 

When I was practicing though.  Walk, fine.  Trot not so good, but when the instructor told me to lope, I was never so happy while riding a horse because I love to lope and I have that down good.  My only problem loping was not watching exactly where I was going and I would tend to cut the corners.

 

Have you ever loped on a horse before?  I always found that if you slightly lean back but still be over your center of gravity helped me there.  For some reason, after I loped on a horse, my transition to trot was so much better and I was not bouncing so much.  My transition to trot from a walk was hit or miss for quite some time.  But after a while, I did get it.

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Chapter 30       Chapter 31       Chapter 32 and 33                         Chapter 34 Parts 1 and 2 

Chapter 35 Part 1         Chapter 35 Part 2        Chapter 35 Part 3        Chapter 36

 

The Secret Symbol

Chapter 1    Chapter 2    Chapter 3    Chapter 4    Chapter 5

Chapter 6    Chapter 7     Chapter 8    Chapter 9    Chapter 10

Chapter 11    Chapter 12    Chapter 13    Chapter 14    Chapter 15

Chapter 16    Chapter 17    Chapter 18    Chapter 19    Chapter 20

Chapter 21   Chapter 22   Chapter 23   Chapter 24 and 25

Chapter 26    Chapter 27    Chapter 28    Chapter 29 and 30

Chapter 31    Chapter 32    Chapter 33    Chapter 34    Chapter 35

Chapter 36    Chapter 37    Chapter 38    Chapter 39

Chapter 40 and 41    Chapter 42    Chapter 43, 44, 45, and 46

 

The Legend of Shadow Mountain

Chapter 1    Chapter 2    Chapter 3    Chapter 4    Chapter 5

Chapter 6    Chapter 7    Chapter 8    Chapter 9    Chapter 10

Chapter 11    Chapter 12    Chapter 13    Chapter 14    Chapter 15

Chapter 16   Chapter 17    Chapter 18    Chapter 19    Chapter 20

Chapter 21    Chapter 22    Chapter 23    Chapter 24    Chapter 25

Chapter 26    Chapter 27    Chapter 28    Chapter 29    Chapter 30

Chapter 31    Chapter 32    Chapter 33    Chapter 34    Chapter 35

Chapter 36    Chapter 37    Chapter 38    Chapter 39    Chapter 40

Chapter 41    Chapter 42    Chapter 43    Chapter 44    Chapter 45 & 46

Chapter 47    Chapter 48    Chapter 49    Chapter 50    Chapter 51

 

Teaser "Trailer" for Book 8 - Conquest of the Truth

 

The Crimson Storm

Chapters 1 and 2     Chapter 3    Chapter 4    Chapter 5    Chapter 6

Chapter 7    Chapter 8    Chapter 9    Chapters 10 and 11    Chapter 12

Chapter 13    Chapter 14    Chapter 15    Chapter 16    Chapter 17    Chapter 18

Chapter 19    Chapter 20    Chapter 21    Chapter 22    Chapter 23

Chapter 24    Chapter 25 and 26    Chapter 27    Chapter 28    Chapter 29

Chapter 30    Chapter 31    Chapter 32    Chapter 33    Chapter 34

Chapter 35 and Epilogue

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1: I ride English.2: Never

1: I ride English.

2: Never loped XD. (Only trotted off the lead rope.. I'm great at falling off! :D. But, TBH, the pony was headshy and WAY to small for me)

3: What do you mean by posting?

 

 

 Aso, do you think it'd be OK if I fell off (didnt severly hit my head), and then reused my helmet? Or is that just dangerous.

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Interesting. Most instructors teach posting as soon as you start trotting.

 

Posting is when you rise and fall in time with the horse, so you aren't bouncing everywhere. It's eaiser on you and on the horse. You are supposed to "rise and fall with the leg on the wall". Say you are trotting to the left, the wall is on your right. When the horse's front right leg rises to take a step, you rise out of the saddle. When the leg is put down, you sit down in the saddle. 

 

If you were going right, the inside of the arena is on your right, and the wall is on your left. You rise with the front left leg, and you fall with the front left leg. 

 

If you are not rising and falling with the leg on the wall, then you have to change your diagonal. The diagonal refers to the diagonal pairs of the horses leg. If the front left leg is up, then the back right leg is up. If the front right leg is up, then the back left leg is up. If you see you are on the incorrect diagonal (or feel it, it may be bumpier than the correct diagonal) then to change diagonals you sit two beats. So it would be: Up, Down, Up, Down, Down, Up, Down, Up Down. You need to do this when you change directions.

 

It's difficult to explain without seeing it, so I found this: Posting for Beginners

 

As for your helmet, if it's a certified horseback riding helmet, it's designed to take a few beatings, so it should be fine. :)

 

Hope this helps!!!

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I am a Christian girl who loves horses, dragons, music, drawing and video editing.  I am also a crazy fandom  person and love memes! xD

Fandoms: Transformers, Star Wars, Star Trek, Sherlock, HTTYD, Sanders Sides (by Thomas Sanders), and last but certianly not least... MARVELLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fav Characters:

 

Transformers- Optimus Prime

 

Star Wars- Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi

 

Star Trek- Bones, Spock, Kirk

 

Sherlock- Sherlock, John, Lestrade

 

HTTYD- (Don't do this to me...) Hiccup, ALL THE DRAGONS!!!, Viggo (You really can't expect me to pick favs)

 

Marvel- CAPTAIN AMERICA!!! *.*, DOCTOR STRANGE!!!!! *0*, LOKI!!!! <3 <3, Bucky, Spiderman, Thor, Black Panther, Okoye, Shuri, Iron Man, everyone else (they're all awesome!)

 

Also, any Agents of Sheild fans out there???

 

 

I also have a Youtube channel! I mainly do music videos of my fandoms! Click Here!

 

 

Now for some art! <3

 

My Sand Wraith, Sandstorm, drawn by the talented lavaland244! <3

 

My Speed Stinger, Enterprise, drawn by the lovely Zikta! <3

 

My Sliquifier, Okean, holding my name, drawn by XxXPurpleHolkingXxX!

 

My Nadder, Captain America, by LilyStark, XxXPurpleHolkingXxX, Zikta, AstridtheRougeRider, and Even Flow!

 

My Singetail edited by me!

 

Semi-Sad/Semi-Violent Fan Fic Below! You have been warned!

 

Also, in my universe, Viggo lives. Hiccup refuses to leave him behind, so they leave the cave together, then after everything Hiccup has to carry Viggo to the Edge because he's too weak to fly and they call the Defenders of the Wing for medical assistance. He spends a long time in bed unconscious, but eventually he wakes up and makes a steady recovery. He then joins the Dragon Riders and rides the Skrill that they brought in the episode (somehow Viggo gets a Skrill and Dagur doesn't!)

 

...........................................................

 

Spaseniye's and my backstory is actually quite tragic. The first time I saw him was as an egg during a rescue mission to one of Krogan's hatcheries...

I showed the adult Singetails how to carry their eggs during their escape. As the Singetails left, I saw a dark blue egg was left behind. I waited a while, hoping it's mother would come for it, but as I listened to the battle raging outside, I knew that the chances of her returning were slim. I grabbed the egg and made a break for the cave entrance where my trusty Sand Wraith, Sandstorm, awaited me. He glaced at the egg, then up at me and seemed to nod in understanding. 

We took off towards the sky, trailing the dragon riders as we made our escape. I noticed we were one dragon and rider short when a lightning bolt almost clipped Sandstorm's left wing. I looked down to see Viggo and his Skrill grounded, with Viggo desperately fighting to save his dragon, not caring the cost to himself. While I was distracted, a hunter shot a dragon root arrow towards Sandstorm and I. Sandstorm saw it and let out a screech as he made for a dive. I lost my balence and flew off of him, still clutching the egg. 

The moments which I believed to be my last began to move in slow motion, when suddenly, a plasma blast was shot from out of no where. I felt Sandstorm's strong forelegs gently catch me around my waist. I glanced up at him and he down at me with the smile of a playful puppy. I smiled back, then turned my sight to the ground below.

Hiccup and Toothless had turned back to help free Viggo and his dragon. The plasma blast had been an attempt to break the chains around the Skrill, but they were still as strong as before the blast, suggesting a type of reinforced iron. 

Hiccup and Toothless began their next bombing run when an anchor snagged my leg and yanked me out of Sandstorm's grasp. I let out a scream as I plummeted towards the earth. In the last seconds before the ground welcomed me, I turned myself so I would land first and prehaps the egg would survive. I met the ground with a thud, the breath stolen from my lungs as the egg rolled a distance away. I could only lay there, gazing up at the sky, it's warm summer sun a stark contrast to the scene below it. Finally, air found me, and I could breathe. I began moving my limbs, though pain shpt through each one I pushed through. 

I looked to the right of where I landed and saw the cannon to which the anchor was attatched to was in pieces due to Sandstorm's handy work. I looked around the ravine and saw Sandstorm, Hiccup, and Toothless finishing off a new batch of archers. I looked to my left and saw Viggo and his Skrill being dragged away into the cave system.

I got up in agony, but determined that no matter the cost, Viggo would make it out of here alive. I began to sprint towards them, grabbing my sword and igniting it into flames as fiery as my wrath.

"Hey!", I shouted. "You want them? You're gonna have to go through me!" And I charged. Every technique, every training session, every style of sword fighting I had ever seen was combined into this moment. No one stood against me, no one could hardly touch me. I was a whirl of fire and grace, the sword moving almost effortly as I danced around my opponents. I finally made it to Viggo and his dragon, cutting his bonds and looking for a weak link in the chain around his dragon. I found it, and exploited it. The Skrill got to it's feet and gave me a small bow.

"Yes," Viggo agreed. "Thank you, Xiomaroa."

"It wasn't only me," I said, nodding up at the Night Fury and Sand Wraith flying back towards us.

"We should get out of here before they get reinforcements!" Hiccup shouted.

"But they are retreating," Viggo said pointing to the captive Singetails flying away.

"Not all of them," Hiccup insisted. "Some of them went into the caves. They'll be back. Xiomaroa, get Sandstorm and let's go!"

"Okay, just let me grab-" My heart sank as my gaze settled upon a broken blue eggshell, but the Singetail was no where to be seen.

"Xiomaroa?" Viggo questioned.

"Where-" A heart-wrentching screech filled the skies as I looked back to the escaping flyers. There, in a small, cold iron cage flapped about a baby Singetail, barely born five minutes ago. It screeched and knocked into the sides of the cage, knowing that in its first moments outside the egg it should not be confined in another object.

"Quiet!" One of the hunters shouted, hitting the cage. The Singetail squeaked and curled into a ball in the corner of the cage. It looked down at me with eyes that seemed to say, "Help me. Please!" But I couldn't. All our dragons were exhausted, and weariness was beginning to overtake me as well.

"I'm sorry," I whispered. "I'm so sorry."

 

. . .

I wouldn't see him again for almost a year...

. . .

 

 

"The hunters are closing in," Hiccup said. "We need to move Garf now before they capture him again."

"Stormfly and I have already found a suitable island for him. It's just a matter of herding him there," Astrid added.

"Astrid, Viggo, Xiomaroa and I will leave at dawn. The rest of you will stay here and guard the Edge should this be a ruse," Hiccup ordered. "Any questions?"

"Ya," said Tuffnut. "When's dinner gonna be ready?"

Everyone simultaneously sighed. 

"Well," I started. "SOMEONE forgot to catch some fish," I said, crossing my arms and glaring at him.

"When I find out who could have treacherously forgotten the fish-!"

"It was you, mutton head," Snotlout The Obvious said.

"Huh?"

"It's fine!" I interrupted, putting out the fire before it began. "I'll get the fish," I said as I walked towards Sandstorm.

"I will accompany you," Viggo said, starting towards his Skrill. He had finally named him Soyuz.

We grabbed some nets, mounted up, then took off, bringing along a few from my 'dragon army' as my numerous rescues were affectionately called. We flew to the north side of the island and began gliding low to the ocean.

The dragons began circling, searching for a school of fish to herd into the nets. We waited a while when finally my Scauldron let out a cry and plunged into the surf. My Sliquifier soon followed while the others flew overhead. Viggo and I stretched out the net while the dragons guided the fish towards it. We missed a few, but still had plenty to feed both dragons and people. 

The flight back took much longer due to the added weight.

"You look tired," Viggo suddenly said, startling me out of my thoughts.

"Ya, I- it's just been a busy few weeks," I replied not half-lieing.

"Indeed it has been," he said, obviously not convinced. "Xiomaroa, I live in the hut above you, I can hear when you leave for a midnight flight. And knowing you, you only fly at night for a mission or because you're running from something. I know Hiccup would not give you a mission every single night. So please, Xiomaroa- look at me."

I lifted my gaze from where it had drifted and settled it towards Viggo atop his majestic Skrill. The moon's glow softened the scars on Viggo's face, giving him a gentle and compassionate look. The seas inside me began to stir and I tightened my jaw to hold back the flood gate of tears.

"Please," he said softly. "Let me help you."

I shut my eyes and looked away.

"I can't," I said. "I am undeserving of your compassion."

"And was I not undeserving of your forgiveness?" He countered.

I glanced at him.

"I spent my whole life kill dragons. The last few years I've spent attempting to kill you. And yet you cared for my injuries, you defended me against the other riders, you accepted me as one of your own. Now I am trying to repay the favor. You're holding onto something, and you're running away from it at the same time. I can only help you if you tell me what it is that is plaguing you." He said, firm but sincere.

My shoulders slumped and I closed my eyes. "The dragon," I whispered.

Viggo nodded, encouraging me.

"The one- the one I couldn't save," I said, my throat tightening.

"The Singetail... At the hatchery?" He asks thoughtfully.

I nodded. "I can still see it. I can still hear it. It's pleas for help. I see it in my dreams. I hear it throughout the day. It never ends, it's always on repeat. I failed, Viggo. I failed that dragon," I finished, looking up at him.

"Maybe," he said. "Maybe not. Difficulty breeds strength. Perhaps you will meet again and you will get a second chance."

"But what if he blames me for his suffering?"

"Xiomaroa, you did your best. That is all anyone can do," he said, then gestured to the approaching buildings. "We'll set the fish next to the stables and sort them there." He said.

I nod and let him take the lead. Tomorrow would be a new day. Another dragon to save, another life to change.

 

. . .

Part 3 coming soon!

 

My In-Game Dragons! <3

 

-Sandstorm-

Sand Wraith

Intelligent-Caring-Leading-Loyal

Ball

 

                    

-Enterprise-

Speed Stinger

Intelligent-Caring-Loyal

Practice Target (The Twins and Snotlout suffice)

 

-Smlight-

Monsterous Nightmare

Sparky-Playful-Loyal

Firewood (Anything that can be set on fire)

 

-Arctic Fire-

Groncicle

Cuddly-Playful-Lovebug

Ice Sculptures

 

-Okean-

Sliquifier

Intelligent-Curious-Stealthy

Fish

 

Now some fun and memes! XD

 
 
 
 
                         *raises hand* Guilty! xD
I need a doctor! Call me a doctor!
 
BYE BYE BYE!!!! 
So then I'll read a book. Or maybe two, or three...
 
This was amazing! xD
 
THIS BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can I have this as my desktop? *0*
 
INFINTY WARRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But he forgot his homework...
 
One of the best moments in the trailer! <3
 
He sounds like a owner chasing after their dog when they were being bad! xD
 
 
I just realised there isn't enough Captain America...
 
<3 <3 <3
 
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Drums R Round. Pi R Squared.

I wasn't sure if you meant English.  If you said English, I must have missed that.

 

Have you ever done a canter?  A canter is slightly faster than a lope, but both lope and canter is the third gate for any horse in western or english, respectively.

 

It depends on if the helmet is damaged at all.  if it only has scrapes or something on the outside, but the interior of the helmet is still intact and undamaged, then the helmet is still fine.  But it is always good to check on getting a new helmet anyway because if you are still growing, you'll eventually grow out of the helmet anyway.

 

The others have explained posting.

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Hi!

Hey! I've had this problem too! We just tried lunging in my last riding lesson so I could work on it without worrying about steering!

 

My instructor has me sit on my tail bone and relax my lower back while keeping my upper back and shoulders straight (I still have not mastered this). This allows your lower back to absorb the shock from the trot while keeping correct posture. So many new riders will take "sit up straight" as  "arch your back", but this actually hurts your back and puts you in an incorrect position. She also had me put my hands on my hips so my balance came from my body and not my arms during lunging. Also, heels down (stretch as far as you can, standing on a stairstep on the ball of your foot and sinking your heel down can help you stretch before riding), toes pointed out helps you to sink into your saddle.  Eyes up and looking forward. Turning should barely require a glance and not much leaning (again, still struggle with this). Relaxing your thighs gives you more weight and helps you to sink too. And don't push so much on the stirrups, apply just enough pressure to keep from losing them. 

 

Hope this helps!!! Remember, it all takes practice, even the best riders still struggle with this! <3