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post #1 of 25 Old 10-03-2009, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Checking Your Diagonal?

I know how to change my diagonal and everything, it's just I don't know how to actually check if I am! I want to get the right diagonal on the first time so that would be good if you have any tips on that...

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post #2 of 25 Old 10-03-2009, 06:06 PM
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When the outside shoulder comes foward, that's when you rise. With practice it will just come naturally
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post #3 of 25 Old 10-03-2009, 06:10 PM
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Yeah, after a while you just automatically change your diagonal when you pick it up wrong.
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Thanks! You girls are awesome! :]

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Get yourself on a big circle and ask for a trot. WITHOUT LOOKING DOWN, start posting, take a few strides and guess which diagonal you are on. Then look. You should be rising when the outside leg moves forward, "rise and fall with the leg on the wall." If you're wrong, sit a few strides and start posting again when it FEELS right. And then check. Eventually, you'll be able to tell, and to start posting on the right diagonal to begin with.

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post #6 of 25 Old 10-04-2009, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks riccil0ve I tried that and I'm starting to get the hang of it, so thanks!

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You guys say you can feel it?
I have no problem telling which diagonal I'm on.. as long as I look. And I'm fairly good at checking each time I trot/come off a fence/change direction.. so diagonals aren't much of a problem for me..

But I definitely can't FEEL the difference. I have ridden 10 or 12 different horses in my life and on NONE of them, could I feel the difference.
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You guys say you can feel it?
I have no problem telling which diagonal I'm on.. as long as I look. And I'm fairly good at checking each time I trot/come off a fence/change direction.. so diagonals aren't much of a problem for me..

But I definitely can't FEEL the difference. I have ridden 10 or 12 different horses in my life and on NONE of them, could I feel the difference.
What breeds were they? I can feel the difference!

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What breeds were they? I can feel the difference!
Thoroughbreds, Arabians, POA, Paint, Welsh Ponies, Standardbred, Draft Cross, Andalusians.. other random horses which I didn't know the breeds of..
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I can feel it... how long have you been riding cheply?
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