diagonals and figure 8s

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  • Changing diagonals on a figure eight pattern
  • How to swap whip over when changing diagonal

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    08-11-2008, 09:14 AM
diagonals and figure 8s

I am doing much better, finally got the rising trot on time and correct diagonal=now I need more help with timing-when I do the figure 8 -at the center of the 8 is where I sit 2 beats then rise again to change diagonal? Or do I have the timing changed before that point? It really is harder than it looks, for me anyways.
I had 2 =2.5 hour lessons-this weekend one on a ottb then one on Sonny-whoeee I am tired this morning but am making progress!
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    08-11-2008, 09:33 AM
I've always been told to change diagonal on the centreline.
    08-11-2008, 11:43 AM
For years and years I was always taught to change the diagonal as I passed over the centre line. I recently started dressage lessons at a new barn and was taught to change as you came back onto the track after completing your change of rein, and to also change your stick/whip over at this point. She explained that you don't NEED to change diagonal any earlier and it could possibly mess up your nice straight line accross the diagonal. I think it's mostly personal preference (don't know if dressage judges would prefer one over the other, but I should think you're safe so long as you're not on the WRONG doagonal, logically) but the way she explained it does make sense.
    08-11-2008, 12:32 PM
Green Broke
I believe it has to do with the discipline

In saddleseat, you always change at the center...for what it's worth ;)
    08-11-2008, 12:45 PM
Green Broke
I've always known it as, you change diagonals when you start your new direction/bend so right in the middle. But I'm sure there are different reasons and times when you would do it differently.
    08-12-2008, 09:00 AM
Thank you that helps
    10-06-2008, 11:56 PM
You might want to check out the book 101 Showmanship and Equitation Patterns by Cherry Hill. It explains so much and has great picture diagrams.

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