How long until you could do posting trot without looking at the horse's shoulder? - The Horse Forum
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No time at all. I never needed to look at the shoulder. 13 19.12%
2-10 Lessons 8 11.76%
10-20 Lessons 5 7.35%
20+ Lessons 10 14.71%
I still can't do it without looking at the shoulder. 32 47.06%
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post #1 of 32 Old 09-26-2013, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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How long until you could do posting trot without looking at the horse's shoulder?

How long until you could do posting trot without looking at the horse's shoulder?

I've been working on the posting trot for about 4-5 lessons now, and I still can't seem to get on the correct gait without looking at the shoulder.
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post #2 of 32 Old 09-26-2013, 08:13 PM
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It's been 25 years and I still have to glance down on some horses.

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post #3 of 32 Old 09-26-2013, 08:26 PM
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Been riding off an on for 9+ years and I still have difficulty posting on the left diagnol, so I always at least glance down to double check.
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post #4 of 32 Old 09-26-2013, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
It's been 25 years and I still have to glance down on some horses.
Me too! I do feel it but I still glance down anyway!
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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
Me too! I do feel it but I still glance down anyway!
Same, I just have a habit of glancing down now...I'm 99% of the time on the right diagonal but I still look anyways haha
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I have been riding for 2 1/2 years, most of the time I get the correct diagonal but occasionally I will look down to double check.

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post #7 of 32 Old 09-26-2013, 11:31 PM
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I generally get it, and I always feel if I haven't got it - but I still glance down!, it's a habit of 14 years that's not going to go away now....

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I'll confess that I often don't worry about the correct diagonal. About half of my trotting is out of the arena, in straight lines, where it doesn't matter. The other half often involves serpentines or random turns around pylons, so the 'outside' shoulder becomes the inside, then back out, then we're straight, then I usually don't pay attention.

When I do look, I'm probably 'correct' about 75% of the time.

IOW...after 5 lessons, don't be surprised if it isn't always obvious. Mia tends to do a smooth jog and I don't feel much difference even if I do correct to the 'right' diagonal. Of course, it could be my ineptitude showing...

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post #9 of 32 Old 09-27-2013, 12:20 AM
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Like others, I have been riding for 25+ years and I still can't "feel" it on some horses. Others are quite obvious and make picking up the correct diagonal super easy.

It takes a lot of years to learn to feel what every part of the horse's body is doing and only the absolute best riders can do it almost unerringly on every single horse they ride.

It just takes a lot of time spent in the saddle...and I'm not talking 1 hour lessons, I'm talking years of intensive daily experience. You certainly don't need to feel like your falling behind because you still have a bit of trouble after only a few lessons .
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post #10 of 32 Old 09-27-2013, 01:11 AM
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I never have looked at the shoulder. I don't do arena work, just out trail riding so it really doesn't matter.
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