04-29-2010, 02:28 PM
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It took me FOREVER to learn the correct diagonal. My trainer used tape, polos, closing my eyes, walking, EVERYTHING. She was at a loss.
One day I was cooling my horse down, and my trainer was talking to another student and explaining WHAT the correct diagonal was, and by watching the other rider and listening to my trainer, it finally clicked.
Perhaps she's like me, and when something isn't clicking, no matter how many times you try the same methods, it just doesn't work. Can you have the trainer explain what to look for on another horse/rider pair? Maybe put different colored polo wraps or boots on the horse's front legs and have the trainer "teach" the other rider how to get on and look for the correct diagonal with your daughter watching? That way she has a visual to connect to (I am a very very visual learner...)
Think of it this way:
Pretend you are trying to tell someone who doesn't know our alphabet to write the letter W, and you try to do so without showing them how to do so. You explain "well, you draw four slashes facing away from one another, so the person perhaps writes "\\\\." You say, you're half right, now face two of the slashes away from the other two; you get maybe something like this: ''\\//." No matter how hard you try and explain what a W looks like, sometimes seeing it done by another person is all it takes for the lesson to 'click.'
Okay, in retrospect, my W story doesn't really add up... but I'll leave it in the off chance it's even slightly helpful.