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  • Tips to picking up the correct diagonal
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    04-05-2009, 05:53 PM
That Darn Right Diagonal!

I'm new to riding English and I'm having trouble in the posting department. I can pick up the left diagonal everytime but not the right one. I look, I feel and I just can't get it! ERRRR!

Any advice???
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    04-06-2009, 01:15 PM
    04-06-2009, 03:32 PM
Do you have an instructor? If you're with a good instructor you would master the posting thing in 5 weeks or less.
    04-06-2009, 09:13 PM
Thanks! My horse doesn't have much of a trot. More like a western jog. We are working on getting a bigger trot out of him.

I took another lesson today and I'm doing much better. I'm starting to pick the correct one more often now.

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips for feeling which one.
    04-06-2009, 10:20 PM
I just look down and then sit a beat if I'm off. I've been riding english for over 15 yrs and I still can't pick up the correct lead 100% of the time. I do pick it up correctly the majority of the time, but I always visually check it by a quick peek at the leg.
    04-07-2009, 10:58 AM
I don't pick it up 100% of the time either. I just check to make sure I'm up when the leg on the wall is up. Rise and fall with the leg on the wall. If I'm off then I just sit a bounce and correct it.
    04-07-2009, 02:54 PM
Oh I had a hard time with this when I started posting, too. My best advice is to get your horse moving out a bit more and then try sitting the first few beats, then start to post. I found if I waited a beat or two I would pick it up correctly. If your horse has a slow western jog this will be more difficult. Even after riding for years I still have to correct my diagonal on occasion.
    04-08-2009, 11:50 AM
What I do is I feel for the outside front leg's movement. Try to picture in your mind when the horses leg goes forward, and just rise with it. I'll sit for a couple of beats while I figure out when that leg is moving forward, and once I find the rhythm I post. It might help to have someone lunge you at the trot and close your eyes to really pay attention to the rhythm.

I'm trying my best to explain how I get it, but I'm pretty sure that isn't all that much help haha. All I know is that is what I do and I get it 100% of the time without having to look.

Good luck :] & I'll try to think of better ways to explain it.

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