Originally Posted by tlkng1
This has confused a lot of people..."sit two beats"...to me this means actually sitting two beats (which wouldn't swap the diagonal) in other words, I don't count the downward beat of the post as actually "sitting."
What is actually happening is the rider is sitting on the down beat of the incorrect diagonal (this counts as the first "beat" of sitting twice) and then sits the trot one beat before rising again.
I learned the "one beat" method..never heard it as two beats until the last few years and then had to ask an instructor (just out of curiosity) why they were saying sit for two beats.
OP, if the outside leg is forward, then you're up. Similarly if the inside leg is back, you're sitting.
I only sit for one beat to change diagonals, exactly for the reason stated above. One beat corrects it, 2 beats is like nothing has changed lol.. you're still on the same diagonal as before.
You'll get it, it just takes some practice.