Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Allison, that is one of the BEST definition of diagonals I've read.
Believe me, ILMP, once you learn to feel the diagonals it becomes habitual. I can usually pick them up now without looking. When I started I had to glance down to check, so it's really normal to feel confused.
You know, when people rode an English saddle to get from her to there, they weren't as concerned about being on the "correct" diagonal, but more concerned (at least I hope) about changing diagonals often on a long straightaway.
Also, there are 2 ways to change your diagonal:
1) sit twice
2) stand (up) twice)
Both are good ways to practice.
Don't forget that having a buddy watch you is probably more helpful than a mirror in an indoor arena.