Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Diagonals while outside the arena.
Ok, I spent a lot of time in the arena in the last year or two bringing my skill levels up to the point where me and my daughter started leasing a few horses a few months back and are now enjoying the benefits of all the work. A lot of fun hacks here and there have ensued. It feels like graduating from drivers ed and finally getting behind the wheel. ;)
I'm still firmly an intermediate rider at best, but I'm confident, competent, and I've been told I'm actually pretty decent by others. I still can't jump worth a crap (I could use a lot more work on that) but I can do it passably enough if needed to get over an obstacle on a trail without me departing my horse, or my horse being in any danger because of a sloppy rider. It's just something I need more work on next summer.
That said, WTC, gallop, everything else I'm good with.
As were out hacking now though, I hear my coach in my head every now and then, and that's a good thing - it means I'm not getting sloppy. I still watch my hands, my shoulder position, ensure I'm not leaning forward, my legs are where they should be and still except for cues, etc etc etc.
But every now and then I find myself looking down and checking my diagnonal, and then realizing that it doesn't really matter a whole lot. I have noticed that I seem to naturally pickup the right diagnonal a lot, and while having swapped a few times I've found his left diagnonal harder to post to, so I switch back again - I'm sure that's why I seem to naturally pickup the right all the time, as well.
Just curious what others do outside the arena in this regard. Do you favour one vs the other? Change routinely? Pick one and stick with it? Do you even care, or just go with whatever seems to work best in tune with your horse?
Last edited by PrivatePilot; 01-04-2014 at 08:38 AM.