Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sitting trot wiggle: Help at last!

This footage from a Jeffrey Moore clinic (see biographical info) offers some nice nuggets of wisdom for riders who do the "waist wiggle" during sitting trot.

I tried his suggestions and they helped. I have come to understand that the  waist wiggle is not necessarily from core weakness but from other things -- not engaging the right muscles, bracing/clutching at the knee, or stiffness at the hip or shoulders for example.  My waist wiggle is greatly diminished when I open my hips and soften at the knee.

Thanks to barnbynoteswatch for posting this video...


  1. So great to see a dressage clinician helping a rider stabilize both her torso and her lower leg by opening her hip angle and softening the knee. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This horse is a beautiful mover, but his movement becomes even more lovely as the lesson progresses. Proof that the horse moves his best when his rider is in a position that works with his motion. And this does not mean to be like Gumby or fiddle with the reins.

    Kudos to the obviously seasoned rider for being open-minded enough to give it a go. Love it!

  3. I have that waist wriggle too, and I can't wait to go out and ride and try the exercises you were given to see if things improve both in my waist and in my horses gait. Thank you so much for posting!

  4. Great video, thanks for sharing!

  5. I had such a hard time trying to pay attention to what he said because I was watching the horse. I agree with Val - looked beautiful to begin with, and only got better as her trot sitting improved.


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