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post #11 of 25 Old 10-05-2009, 08:38 AM
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When
you are in a confined arena with no other horses creating a noise or mischief,
when you are feeling comfortable on your horse,
on a nice sunny day,
when all is serene

then close your eyes.

Try to pick up on the movement of the horse by the sense of feel through the seat and thighs.
With your eyes closed, try to sense the sequence of the
moving legs of the horse.

You can do the same without closing the eyes by looking straight ahead, but if you can close the eyes then the senses of feel, touch and motion are highlighted.
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When
you are in a confined arena with no other horses creating a noise or mischief,
when you are feeling comfortable on your horse,
on a nice sunny day,
when all is serene

then close your eyes.

Try to pick up on the movement of the horse by the sense of feel through the seat and thighs.
With your eyes closed, try to sense the sequence of the
moving legs of the horse.

You can do the same without closing the eyes by looking straight ahead, but if you can close the eyes then the senses of feel, touch and motion are highlighted.
Haha, we had group lessons of four people, and my instructor still told us to close our eyes. You would just randomly hear that so and so needed to stop, lol.

But yes, I can feel it. It's easiest on a circle. Pick up the wrong diagonal on purpose while circling, then change your diagonal. Once you can feel the "off" part, you can just start trotting, and start posting when it feels right, you won't even have to look. =]

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post #13 of 25 Old 10-05-2009, 04:13 PM
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I can feel it... how long have you been riding cheply?

... When I was a kid I rode for a year.

Just recently I have been riding for about 5 months.. 2-4 days a week. I'm taking lessons as well as riding on my own a lot.

.. I will try to feel it next time I ride.. perhaps today.. since its sunny and calm out and I don't think any of the school girls will be coming out till after 4 (my favourite days! no offence to the younger crowd)

Not sure if I will be able to shut my eyes on a five year old horse... but we will see
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You don't necessarily HAVE to close your eyes. If you are uncomfortable with doing so, just make a point to look at ANYTHING but your horse and his shoulders. No cheating. =]

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Thoroughbreds, Arabians, POA, Paint, Welsh Ponies, Standardbred, Draft Cross, Andalusians.. other random horses which I didn't know the breeds of..
Are you actually trying to feel the difference? And were those pure breeds crossed with something?

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HorsePride.. I kindof don't think that what breed of horse you ride matters as to whether you can feel a diagonal or not, as the way a trot feels is not always breed specific.. but many times it just depends on the horse. I don't know which ones were pure and which ones were crossed.. none of them were my horses, point is I have not been stuck on the same horse all the time. I've tried out lots and lots...

All I'm saying is I havn't felt it. I specifically remember trying to feel it back when I was kid .. and I never could

I tried again today. Rain was well behaved so I even shut my eyes. I think I could feel some sort of difference on the smaller circles when I concentrated..

If I posted on the wrong diagonal I felt like she was bulging into my inside leg.. but when I posted on the right one... everything felt normal and good.

I don't know if I could ever just know without checking or concentrating really hard.. but I guess its something to practice.
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HorsePride.. I kindof don't think that what breed of horse you ride matters as to whether you can feel a diagonal or not, as the way a trot feels is not always breed specific.. but many times it just depends on the horse. I don't know which ones were pure and which ones were crossed.. none of them were my horses, point is I have not been stuck on the same horse all the time. I've tried out lots and lots...

All I'm saying is I havn't felt it. I specifically remember trying to feel it back when I was kid .. and I never could

I tried again today. Rain was well behaved so I even shut my eyes. I think I could feel some sort of difference on the smaller circles when I concentrated..

If I posted on the wrong diagonal I felt like she was bulging into my inside leg.. but when I posted on the right one... everything felt normal and good.

I don't know if I could ever just know without checking or concentrating really hard.. but I guess its something to practice.
I guess, just don't let me bother you. I can be annoying! You have a point after all.

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geting the feeling for it takes a little while. You should start by sitting the trot and feeling his motion swing(haha dressage stuff) and then you rise when his belly swings towards the outside. It's kinda hard to do without looking. I sneak a peek every time my instructor isn't looking haha

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geting the feeling for it takes a little while. You should start by sitting the trot and feeling his motion swing(haha dressage stuff) and then you rise when his belly swings towards the outside. It's kinda hard to do without looking. I sneak a peek every time my instructor isn't looking haha
Hahaha, we're allowed to and encouraged actually! So yeah...!!

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My instructor lets me check .. but I can't tip my head at all to do it. Only the eyes.
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