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4. Don’t run before you can walk, keep it slow. Keep the horse's trot rhythm slow at first, so the pace is less bouncy. As you become more secure, you can go on to ask for bigger strides.
5. Start to ride more without stirrups. Even going without stirrups in walk will help you to develop a better sitting trot, as it opens up the hips and allows you to absorb your horse's movement more easily. Then, if it feels safe to do so, include some short bursts of sitting trot starting with a couple of strides, and then when you feel tight again come back to walk, regain your relaxed hips and body, then ask for trot again.
6. Work your horse in a soft outline. Trying to sit to the trot on a horse that has a hollow outline would challenge even the best riders, so teach your horse to work more softly. Regular lessons from a good instructor can help you achieve this and when it comes to sitting trot, the process will be easier for both you and your horse.
7. Use an exercise ball at home. Sit on an exercise ball and draw your belly button back towards your spine, keeping your chest open and your shoulder blades flat on your back. Bounce gently on the ball, gradually increasing height and speed. Done regularly, this will improve your coordination and core strength.