How do I stop gripping during trot? I feel that the horse is very far behind my leg and needs to be kicked and squeezed constantly but I've started gripping with my leg too.

Just relax and sit deep in the saddle. Keep your legs longs with your toes up
hi, I have just had the same problem. I found that my pony went of my seat as well. so we did lots of non stirrup work which fixed my leg problem and made his movement better, If that doesn't work my sister carries 2 whips ,one on either side, to reinforce both legs.
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