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        11-12-2013, 12:58 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Oshawapilot    
    Sometimes approaching things backwards works as well - look for the shoulder that is very clearly BACK as opposed to forward, and line up your diagonals accordingly. Sometimes it's easier to detect the back shoulder as opposed to the forward one.

    While riding the Clyde in my avatar photo his mane is so unbelievably long that it literally covers his right shoulder most of the time, so trying to see the diagonal when on left reign was tough. I got into the habit of just looking at his left shoulder instead and getting my diagonals that way.

    It all comes with time.
    It finally clicked when I Went with sitting when outside shoulder is back!!!
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        11-12-2013, 07:55 AM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
    It finally clicked when I Went with sitting when outside shoulder is back!!!
    Glad to hear. It worked for me. Like I said, for me it was less "I just don't get it" and more "I often can't see his right shoulder because of his mile long mane", so I kind of learned to go either way when riding the clyde. I still use the traditional way on most of the other horses where I can actually see the shoulder.

    Once you get it sorted out in your head it works either way - just don't get mixed up when you switch.
         
        11-15-2013, 11:12 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Oshawapilot    
    Sometimes approaching things backwards works as well - look for the shoulder that is very clearly BACK as opposed to forward, and line up your diagonals accordingly. Sometimes it's easier to detect the back shoulder as opposed to the forward one.

    While riding the Clyde in my avatar photo his mane is so unbelievably long that it literally covers his right shoulder most of the time, so trying to see the diagonal when on left reign was tough. I got into the habit of just looking at his left shoulder instead and getting my diagonals that way.

    It all comes with time.
    Yes! This! I struggled with diagonals for YEARS...Finally, one day I decided to follow the inside leg. For whatever reason, it "clicked" to rise when the inside leg was back, and sit when the leg was forward. Something about posting to the opposite of the motion really exaggerated what I was supposed to be seeing. To this day, I glance at the inside leg. Diagonal struggles are a common problem!
         

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