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!