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        04-16-2010, 03:48 PM
    When I first started learning diagonals, it was really hard for me. My trainer always said, "you go up when the outside leg goes up", so I just assumed that meant the outside shoulder went up as well. It didn't actually click in my brain until I realised that the outside shoulder actually goes DOWN when that leg comes up. I'm not sure if you're having that same problem or not, but I've never had a problem with diagonals since then.
    Now, I can just feel them, but unfortunately I don't know how to explain how I do that.
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        04-16-2010, 04:14 PM
    When the leg closest to the rail goes forward you butt should be out of the saddle when the leg farthest away from the rail is moving forward your butt needs to be sitting in the saddle.
        04-16-2010, 06:59 PM
    My 10 yr old daughter is trying to learn diagonals in her riding lessons. She is also finding it hard to do , when she isnt thinking about it she can pick it up almost instantly but when she thinks about it , it seems harder but her instructor also told her to just glance down with your eyes.
    I have never been good at feeling them so I too still have to glance down at the shoulder. It is something I def. Work on a lot when trotting.
        04-16-2010, 10:06 PM
    Trot is a some-what tight circle (nothing that would be too hard for your horse though). And have someone tell you if your on the right or wrong diagonal. If your right, look at it and try to see it for yourself. Then keep troting in the circle on the right diagonal paying attention to what it feels like (feeling it will take longer then seeing it). Then switch to the wrong diagonal. Look at it so you will know what is wrong. Then trot in the circle on the wrong diagonal so you can feel the difference. Most of the time it's pretty obvious your on the wrong diagonal when your troting a circle, it feels really weird. But its ok if you don't feel it. Just give it time and it will come.

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