To make your horse trot, start with a sitting trot, which requires squeezing legs together to encourage the horse to move forward. Learn to trot your horse with tips from an equestrian team coach in this free video on horseback riding.

Expert: Mara Keith-Hunter
Bio: Mara Keith-Hunter is a lifelong equestrian and head coach for the Hampshire College equestrian team.
Filmmaker: David Pakman


25 Responses to Horse Care & Riding : How to Trot Your Horse

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you press with your outside leg and your horse speeds up don’t pull back with your reins, but simply loosen your knees and slow you rising and even the most sensitive of horses will match your new pace! If that doesn’t work try getting to know your horse and getting a solid bond he/she will listen to you better if they know you and trust you!:) hope all goes well!

  2. Anonymous says:

    hahahahah, that cracked me up

  3. Anonymous says:

    i love your videos! they help me. the western girl on western eh. ENGLISH IS BEST lol :)
    i havent ridden in a while…but i am getting to see 2 horses now. hopefully ill get to ride!!!! i wish. <3

  4. Anonymous says:

    When I started riding I learned rising trot first.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful horse.

  6. Anonymous says:

    shes better then the western chick

  7. Anonymous says:

    wow your doing great! I love it very much! but try to bend your elbows! 

  8. Anonymous says:

    how to do rising trot without stirrups? i can only rise with stirrups :/

  9. Anonymous says:

    i steer with reins but my instucter tells me to steer mostly with legs too so maybe you kick him too hard. you might want to kick him very gently.

  10. Anonymous says:

    She’s trotin

  11. Anonymous says:

    okay i have a problem. i love riding and i just started riding this really sensative horse. I ride english, and the horse is menat to be steered with the legs. whenever im in a trot, i tell the horse to go to the outside by pushing in with my inside leg. but whenever i do this the horse speeds p. i pull back a little, but then the horse doesn’t listen
    HELP any advice is welcome :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    beautiful horse


  13. Anonymous says:

     they are not she is doing nuthing with them!

  14. Anonymous says:

    thanks, yes i road my friends morgan and he is both western amd english, he’s awesome but only thing is, is that when you post trot with him, it’s hard to define where hes at because his take off he does a little jump/buck thing, but yes i’m working on post trot now, have cones and stops, walks down, and the sit trot, now i just need post trot

  15. Anonymous says:

    yeah the right front leg is going with the hind left leg , to make it more humpiere . and with an icelandic horse they have a tolt , as same you that the right front leg is going same as the right hind .

  16. Anonymous says:

    I really want to learn horse riding, but the problem is I suck at it and i’m pretty old (19) for it to learn I think. The first time I tried to trot, my foot got stuck and I fell off the horse immediately Lol =P But I really want to learn it, but not particurlarly taking lessons. Any tips to ‘not fall of’ a horse? =P

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I have trouble getting the horse I ride (carlos) into a trot.. My instructor says he’s lazy and need a bit of a get up and go, I’ve tried and feel completely hopeless: (
    Please help… thanks :)

  18. Anonymous says:

    Same here lol…

  19. Anonymous says:

    I remember my first and only riding lesson (thanks to my sister) and the riding instructor didn’t tell me annything about what to do when the horse, well I think she was actually a pony started trotting so she had a go at me saying you have to stand up in the stirrup or you’ll hurt Cookie (the pony I was riding) How was I supposed to know?!

  20. Anonymous says:

    yes thank you, cause isn’t it usual that a small horse has a quicker pace anyway? but thank you!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Personally.. I am very bad at sitting trot… i cant keep in the saddle… but in others, there aint anything to worry about.. I love canter.. but, about your question: i cant really give you straight answer cause you have to feel the horse movement, i have riden 2 horses, One was half smaller and she had short steps, meaning you have to move your waist quicker, and the second one is big one, he has big steps and you can feel them more.
    Any more info, contact experienced.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Which one is more comfortable for the horse?

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  24. Anonymous says:

    @101breyercolecter you are in rithym with they hindquarters as they come forwards you should feal a bump and you should rise then sitback down lightly

  25. Anonymous says:

    so when troting it would be like 1, 2, 1, 2, on the beats with the horses front legs??
    i really need to know!!!