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post #1 of 6 Old 12-30-2013, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Had a great second lesson on Sunday!

I just had to share! Gavyn and I had our second lesson this sunday (It was english again) and he was a SUPER STAR!! He did much better than I did, he was collected nice the whole time. The only thing he was doing that was "naughty" was when I would stat to get tired he would take that as "Oh I can slow down and relax too". But we worked more on my diagonals-which for some reason I only get correct like 70% of the time. I know Rise and fall with the leg on the wall, I guess I just can't feel/look at it correctly. And then we worked on switching directions and picking up the diagonals. I learned that I let my hands flatten out (So my thumbs go to the side instead of being on top) and that my heals like to creep up. I also started to learn 2-point. That is crazy hard at the trot lol! For some reason I can't get into the stance very easily.

So I have a lot to work on, but I had a lot of fun. I am going to have another one this weekend.
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Diagonals. Ugh. How I hate them. I ALWAYS have to look, my lessons are only 45 minutes. If I had time and money to work on my own and try and feel I would love too but I just can't do it. I always look at the shoulder and I have to say "up, down, up, down" in my head to see if they match up or not.

Glad you had a good lesson. Good lessons are always a huge boost! I've had 3 weeks off so I'm excited for next weekends lesson. I'm sure my cranky lesson pony will be super happy to see me. But we work well together.

Whenever I have an amazing lesson, I feel like I can conquer the world with my riding. lol I know weird feeling but it's such a good high.
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Right lol! I still feel good!
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-01-2014, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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I will hopefully be having a lesson Friday! I am soooo excited!! Hopefully I will get some pics

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-01-2014, 11:49 AM
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Great job! Diagonals are hard to learn. It is just a practice thing. I was always quite awful at them without looking, and then one day I wasn't..It's all hard work but pays off, keep it up! :)

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I still have to look for my diagonals on most horses, but for some reason on my lease horse I always seem to naturally pickup the right diagonal, although when out hacking it doesn't really matter a whole lot - although I've heard during long periods of trot you should switch every now and then for the horses comfort, but we rarely trot for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time on most hacks so I always seem to end up on right, and stay on right.

I've tried switching to the left diagonal on occasion to see if there's any reason why I seemed to always naturally pickup his right diagonal on him and soon found out - he's naturally easier to post on the right diagonal for some reason and I seem to have become attuned to that. On the left diagonal it seems way harder to post smoothly, although he has a very bouncy (hard to ride) trot to begin with, although much more on the left diagonal it seems. I haven't yet figured out why - just the way he carries himself I guess.

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