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        01-08-2009, 09:48 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    I definitely concentrate on sitting as the shoulder comes back. Whenever I try to rise as the shoulder goes forward I get out of time: rising takes more effort (controlling it to rise at the right time does, anyway) and takes longer, and gets me all muddled. If I just sit as the outside shoulder comes back, I end up on the correct diagonal :)
         
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        01-08-2009, 11:34 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    You can try putting different color polo wraps or different color splint boots on each front leg and just know that when the "red" leg is forward you go up. Personally I think looking at the shoulder is easier, but to each their own.
         
        01-08-2009, 02:59 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Thanks for all your answers, they were all very helpful! SaddleUp158, I think I will try that!
         
        01-08-2009, 03:50 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Aren't you supposed to sit one bounce to fix it?
         
        01-08-2009, 04:18 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Sitting one bounce would be entirely the same as ordinary rising.

    Ordinary rising: up down up down up down up down ...

    To change your diagonal: up down up down down up down up down ...
         
        01-08-2009, 04:45 PM
      #16
    Showing
    It does take practice, but soon enough you'll KNOW (without looking) that you're on the right or wrong diagonal. :) You can just feel it, it won't feel right. It'll be off-rhythm.
    When the outside shoulder goes forward, you rise. It's OK if you don't get it right all of the time (nobody's perfect!) usually I don't ever glance, I can just feel it, yet once in awhile I DO glance for a sec. ;) That's okay.
    Yes, to change your diagonal (which is also good to know) I just sit an extra time. ;)
         

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