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

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    View Poll Results: How long... posting trot
    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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        10-02-2013, 09:27 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Question...

    What exactly should I be feeling? Haha, kind of an oxymoron asking what I should feel, but anyway... Some people say feel the hind legs pushing you forward, some say feel the horse's belly swing inside, some say it's a weight shift. It's all there in my head - I get the idea of diagonals and which one to post on and can pick up the correct one each time, I just can't do it without looking. I haven't done a lot of work at the sitting trot (I try to avoid it at all costs, haha) so I can't distinguish which pair of legs is working. I assume if it's back right/front left I am pushed slightly left and back left/front right I shift slightly to the right?

    Thank you!
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        10-03-2013, 11:35 PM
      #22
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    Originally Posted by faiza425    
    Question...

    What exactly should I be feeling? Haha, kind of an oxymoron asking what I should feel, but anyway... Some people say feel the hind legs pushing you forward, some say feel the horse's belly swing inside, some say it's a weight shift. It's all there in my head - I get the idea of diagonals and which one to post on and can pick up the correct one each time, I just can't do it without looking. I haven't done a lot of work at the sitting trot (I try to avoid it at all costs, haha) so I can't distinguish which pair of legs is working. I assume if it's back right/front left I am pushed slightly left and back left/front right I shift slightly to the right?

    Thank you!
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        10-05-2013, 04:11 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    Never had to. I can, and always have been able to, feel when I'm wrong. It jut gels out of synch when I'm on the wrong diagonal.
         
        10-17-2013, 12:24 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I usually pick up on the right diagonal,but I still glance down to make sure :) I've been riding for nearly 2 years and I've owned for 5 months
         
        10-17-2013, 03:36 PM
      #25
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by bsms    
    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 inside....so I usually don't pay attention.
    If you are working on serpentines or lots of turning/ changing direction, it's probably best to use sitting trot as posting on the wrong diagonal can confuse your horse and cause you to be off balance or 'left behind' on a direction change.

    It is always important to changes diagonals when changing directions to keep you and your horse in sync and to also keep your horse from compensating for their rider.
         
        10-28-2013, 04:57 PM
      #26
    Foal
    I still have trouble with it. I used to show horses in high school and I started taking lessons again over six months ago. Sometimes 2 or three times a week. I lease a horse now so I ride almost every day and I still get mine wrong some times.
         
        10-31-2013, 07:52 PM
      #27
    Foal
    When I first starting riding as an 8-year-old, my instructor only told me to look for the diagonal. It wasn't that I started up again this summer (now 21 years old) that my new instructor taught me to sit the trot to feel for the diagonal. I caught on pretty quick and I can get the right diag 90% without looking, but of course I still glance down and check. If I'm going too fast, though, there's no way to know. It has to be a slow trot.
         
        01-08-2014, 12:04 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Don't worry about little things like that, you still see the pros doing it. Been riding for thirteen years, know people who've been riding a helluvalot longer and we all still do it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it.
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        01-08-2014, 01:06 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Well all these responses sure make me feel a heck of a lot better!

    I have NEVER focused on diagonals. Riding a western horse at a jog in the show ring ... well, you don't have to! Out for general riding, I do post when we are at a good working trot but 99% of the time I am on the right diagonal. It is just comfortable for this.

    This fall, I started trying to force myself and FEEL which one I was on. Plus, I figure it has got to be annoying for my horse if I am always riding on the same diagonal. For his physical health, I really should switch it up. So I've been working on it, but I do find myself glancing down a lot to check!

    Diagonals, I think, are much harder to feel than what lead your horse is on when loping. I never have to look down for the lope.
         
        01-09-2014, 04:58 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    I usually am good at picking it up without looking. If I think too hard about it I never get it. It is literally the only thing I have ever been complimented on, so I got that going for me, which is nice. But my new mare is going to be a challenge. I can pick it up, but her trot is very animated and tosses me around. Hard to even sit a few beats to figure myself out.
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