In that Wikihow link that Sonny posted, it stated, "If you stay on the wrong diagonal, through time a horse will get arthiritis, and become lame."
Is that true?
haha I didn't really read all of it
I personally don't think it's true...how can posting on the WRONG diagnol cause arthritis and lameness, where as posting on the right doesn't....and wouldn't that mean posting one way causes arthritis...well then what happens if you have to switch directions.
I highly doubt it's true...from what I know that posting on the wrong diagnol just throws the horse off balance, making it easier for them to trip...and too much tripping can cause arthritis...but most horses are sure footed enough that you could be really unbalanced and nothing would happen.
There really isn't a wrong diagonal in all technicality, its just the diagonal of that side of the arena. The trot is a two beat gait, thus equal on both sides. No way can a horse get arthritis from posting on the "wrong" diagonal.
To post - you sit and slide your hips forward (almost like your crouch isn't leaving the saddle) and let your horse post you forward, without you pounding on their back. A ton of riders mistake to post up and this can hurt the horses back.
This may be harder, since your only learning. Good luck!
...from what I know that posting on the wrong diagnol just throws the horse off balance...but most horses are sure footed enough that you could be really unbalanced and nothing would happen.
That's exactly what I thought too. And I think it really only matters on tight circles or when you go deep into corners. On the straight away or slight bends, I don't think it would affect your horse too much. On the trail or hunt course, it doesn't matter what diagonal (or lead) you're on!