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    03-24-2009, 07:41 AM
  #11
Weanling
Are any of you actually able to feel what diagonal you're on without looking down?? I can feel my lead, but not my diagonal. =/

A funny thing about me is that I *always* check my diagonal by looking down at the right shoulder. XD It's weird but I think it came from riding a pony with a really shaggy main when I first learned my diagonals... you could barely see his left.
     
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    03-24-2009, 08:16 AM
  #12
Weanling
I can feel it on one of the horses I ride, but I still give a quick glance down. I'm almost always right.
     
    03-24-2009, 09:45 AM
  #13
Started
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Originally Posted by Equuestriaan    
Are any of you actually able to feel what diagonal you're on without looking down?? I can feel my lead, but not my diagonal. =/

A funny thing about me is that I *always* check my diagonal by looking down at the right shoulder. XD It's weird but I think it came from riding a pony with a really shaggy main when I first learned my diagonals... you could barely see his left.
On Chloe I can't... she is really smooth/lazy but a quick glance and Im in it and can feel if I bounce out. With April I can feel it... it takes time to get the feel.
     
    03-24-2009, 10:36 AM
  #14
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Equuestriaan    
Are any of you actually able to feel what diagonal you're on without looking down?? I can feel my lead, but not my diagonal. =/

A funny thing about me is that I *always* check my diagonal by looking down at the right shoulder. XD It's weird but I think it came from riding a pony with a really shaggy main when I first learned my diagonals... you could barely see his left.


Yes. I can. If you REALLY pay attention to each foot, and develop excersizes to learn to 'feel' each foot fall, you can do it. It helps to have a ground person for this.



I was at a barn a few years ago with this really egotistical trainer. She thought she was the shiz. She always posted on the wrong diagonal, and then said its how they do it in England.

I shook my head and giggled as I walked away.
     
    03-24-2009, 03:10 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Jane Honda    

I was at a barn a few years ago with this really egotistical trainer. She thought she was the shiz. She always posted on the wrong diagonal, and then said its how they do it in England.
Maybe she thought it worked the same as how the drive over there...... LOL
     
    03-24-2009, 04:50 PM
  #16
Foal
I used to hav the same problem.My instrutor has always told me that you post out of the saddle when the horses outside shoulder leg is foward, it is called the diagonal.Now, when your cantering, to make sure your on the correct lead, you check that the horses inside leg is foward.Hope this helps!=-)
     
    03-24-2009, 10:59 PM
  #17
Foal
Yes, I know its the diagnol =]
     
    03-25-2009, 01:01 AM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Equuestriaan    
Are any of you actually able to feel what diagonal you're on without looking down?? I can feel my lead, but not my diagonal. =/

The keys to being able to feel your diagonals is to know the footfalls of each gait and learn how to feel exactly where your horse's hind legs are. (the more "dressage" you do the more important it becomes to be aware of where they are and where you're 'telling' them to be, so this is a great thing to teach yourself!). You stand up when your horse's outside front goes up, which means that his inside hind also goes up. So when you feel that your horse's inside hind is up you know you should be up at that point. It's easiest to learn to feel their hind legs at a walk, I think without stirrups. At first all you can feel is, left side, right side, left side, etc. But think about the footfalls and you can start to feel left hind/left front, right hind/right front, etc. when you have that, try a sitting trot. I think it's easiest to say 'left right left right' with their hind legs and get a feel as you say it outloud. This is tricky and takes a while. Then just pick up a sitting trot, try to guess which leg is moving when, and glance down to see if you're right. With lots of practice (and lots of sitting trot! -which, hey, is good for you anyways, right?) you will be able post off the correct diagonal without looking down!
     
    03-25-2009, 06:29 PM
  #19
Foal
Weird but my English friend rises on the wrong diagonal too!!

But in Ireland we do it the correct way haha :P
     
    03-25-2009, 06:48 PM
  #20
Banned
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Originally Posted by acey    
Weird but my English friend rises on the wrong diagonal too!!

But in Ireland we do it the correct way haha :P
If they ride dressage.............there is no wrong diagonal.
     

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