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        04-08-2008, 03:53 AM

    I have been finding it really hard to get the correct diaganal !!!!!Does anyone have any tips that could help me???
    Anything would be great.
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        04-08-2008, 09:50 AM
    Re: Diaganals

    Originally Posted by Horse_Chick
    I have been finding it really hard to get the correct diaganal !!!!!Does anyone have any tips that could help me???
    Anything would be great.
    try just walking around the arena...say "left" when the left foot hits the ground, and "right" when the right foot hits the ground. Do that and then stop for 10-20 seconds. Then...without looking down start it up again. Have a friend or trainer say if you got it correct. Continue with that until you can get it right all the time.

    And now do the same thing in a trot (don't post...just sit trot). And repeat the steps above.

    When you are ready raise up when the outside leg extends and sit when that leg touches the ground. If you pick up the wrong diagnol...sit for TWO bumps and then raise up and continue. Always have someone there so they can say if you'd got it correct.

    Hope that helped a little bit
        04-08-2008, 09:51 AM
    When I said stop for 10-20 seconds...I meant stop saying what foot landed...not to stop walking
        04-08-2008, 10:00 AM
    Green Broke
    The the shoulder on the rail goes forward so do you.

    That's how I got it
        04-08-2008, 10:49 AM
    When my horse's shoulder goes forward next to the rail, I rise. ;)
        04-08-2008, 11:07 AM
    It took me forever to learn my diagonals - for some reason I just couldn't get it.
    What helped was my instructor explaining them to someone else who was riding at the same time as me, so I had a visual to go along with the instructions.
        04-08-2008, 06:47 PM
    I would have to look down and the foot that is on the rail goes up so do I, and I would say to myself up, down, up, down, and so on and so forth.
        04-08-2008, 08:40 PM
    If your on the wrong diganal, it will feel rougher or not as smooth or 'as one' as if you were on the right one. Well this is how it is for me. If it feels rough I must be on the wrong one, or if I'm not sure, I sit for two beats, and that rise again, and if it feels smoother, than I know for a fact I was on the wrong one. This is good, especially if you can't look down every time your horse coughs or forgets he has four legs and not three....... Or if your horse is small and you can't see the shoulder, or you just get confused, I'd get confused all the time 1 in 2 I'd get the right diagnal T_T; and eventually I figured out smoother = right, rougher = wrong diagnal. Hope this helps.

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