Up Up Down

This is a handy little exercise: Up Up Down.

When posting at the trot, the rider should go “up down up down” to the beat of the trot. After they have warmed up a few laps of this, ask the rider to go “up up down” – that is, stand for two beats and sit for one, continuously. It really helps the rider find their balance with the horse’s forward motion, and stabilize their lower leg. This can be done while they’re trotting laps, or on the lunge line, depending on the rider.

In fact, if you’ve never tried this you should try it the next time you ride!

Have a great week!


Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgement!


One thought on “Up Up Down

  1. Going out to try Up, Up, Down, right now….. Posting to the trot is one of the hardest things to teach some riders…. thank you :-)

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