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    01-20-2013, 09:30 AM
What lead do I post?

I'm a novice rider, just started in September and have been riding once a week. So far, I'm perfecting my posting trot and will go over trot poles or a cross-rail every once and a while. But it seems that every time my instructor tells me to trot, she'll ask me again a few seconds later to switch my posting. I sit, and go on the right lead. Every time I try to predict this and sit thinking I'm on the right lead, she still asks me to switch. So, what is the rule that you follow for posting? Do I rise up as my horse's inside shoulder goes forward? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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    01-20-2013, 09:32 AM
First, welcome to the forum!

To avoid a bit of confusion, a lead is in a canter/lope. At a trot, you post on the "diagonal". The easiest way to remember when you are starting "Rise and fall with the leg on the wall" so you will be up when the outside shoulder is forward.
    01-20-2013, 01:19 PM
MHF nailed it! I just wanted to add that if you ever are confused I'm sure you can always ask your instructor as well, if you strike up a conversation with them you may get a lot of information clarified.

Welcome to riding and good luck!
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    01-20-2013, 01:38 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
First, welcome to the forum!

To avoid a bit of confusion, a lead is in a canter/lope. At a trot, you post on the "diagonal". The easiest way to remember when you are starting "Rise and fall with the leg on the wall" so you will be up when the outside shoulder is forward.
So true - my variation on this (because I have a simple and easily confused mind) is that your butt is in the air when the inside front leg is on the ground. The inside front leg refers to whichever side of the horse that is closest to the centre of the arena/ring.
    01-20-2013, 01:50 PM
There's a lot of ways to think of it. For me, it was easier to think of rising when the inside legs were together (inside shoulder back).
    01-21-2013, 12:12 AM
Green Broke
"Rise and fall with the leg on the wall!"

Exactly what MFH said.
    01-21-2013, 12:42 AM
Some of my beginner students in the past were uncomfortable with checking the horses outside leg (wall) so they found it easier to follow the inside front leg of the horse. You always sit when the inside leg is forward, and rise when the inside front is on the ground.

As other members have stated, "Rise and fall with the leg on the wall" - this is the easiest way to remember and learn your diagonals :)

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