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post #1 of 16 Old 01-07-2009, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Diagonals: Help!

Hi, I need some help getting my diagonals right. I know that you are supposed to post up when the horse's outside shoulder is forward, but for some reason I can't get it right. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-07-2009, 07:39 PM
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Try taping a duck tape X over each shoulder. This will make it easier to see the forward movement of the shoulder. Make sure there is nothing in your way too, that way you can watch the shoulders move without crashing, lol. Having someone watch from the ground is very helpful too:)
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Thanks, i'll try it the next time I ride!
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Hi, horsegirl 123 again! This question has been answered but it would be nice if I could have more suggestions. I'm open to basically anything you can think of to help me with my diagonals because what 1dog3cats7rodents said might not work for me.
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I guess I've always thought of it in the opposite way, that I sit when the horse's outside hoof hits or the shoulder comes back. If you have someone watch you that knows, that helps. If they say you are on the wrong diagonal, just sit 2 bounces and start posting and that will put you on the opposite diagonal.

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Idk I just look down at the shoulders and when the outside shoulder goes forward, I go up. It's really easy to tell on my horse though. I've gotten so that I don't even have to look, I can just feel it. Try looking at the shoulders while you're walking and ingraining it in your mind what it looks like when that outside shoulder goes forward. It helps to practice posting at the walk so you can get the hang of going up when you see that outside shoulder go forward, and it's easier to concentrate at the walk than the trot when you're trying to get the feel of catching it by looking.

Does this help at all?

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post #7 of 16 Old 01-07-2009, 11:11 PM
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Idk wat kind of horse you have but some horses are petite and barely have any withers for you too glance at while trotting and trying to steer...but i agree with what neon zero said about watching it at the walk and i also say practice b/c that's the only way you'll get used to their shoulder going out and being able to feel it... i usually go into a trot and then glance down for a stride or two and make sure i have it and the go with it and just feel it... maybe you could try that and just check every certain number of strides... hope it helps..
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I already know to sit two bounces to fix it! First though, I need to know when it's right in the first place. I'll try thinking of it in the opposite way like you said, maybe that will help. Thanks dana!
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you need someone helping you from the ground. Also most people have a diagonal they prefer. I know going around to the left I always get the correct diagonal, but the opposite away I always start off wrong and then sit and correct, been that way for years.

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post #10 of 16 Old 01-08-2009, 08:00 AM
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I don't have any suggestions for getting your diagonal right the first time, but you have a 50-50 chance of getting it right when you start posting. So you only have to look down once... if you look down and see you're wrong, sit for two bounces and post again. So it will be like: up down up down down up! If you do that correctly, you won't even have to look down and check. If you look down the first time and you're right, then just keep posting! Then you only have to look down again if you are doing sitting and 2pt also.

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