Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central Florida
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Great!! thanks for sharing your success story,,,good job with Snotty McBossyPants.
A good excercise to help with knowing your diagonals is to have someone watch you ride the trot. You can be sitting it or posting it, either is fine. And, if you are posting, just don't worry about whether you are 'on' the correct diagonal for the excercise. Also, it can be anyone to help you with this, it doesnt even have to be a horsey person. Ask the person to let you know if you are correct, or not, when you call out the word "now", when his right front leg is moving forward. After you've done that one, then switch to the left front leg to call out. Do it for quite a while, and for several sessions , and it will enable you to 'feel' which leg is moving forward so that you don't have to look down and mess up your balance. (It's also a great excercise to do at the walk, and isolate all 4 feet. It causes you to really focus on the muscles moving under your seat, and to feel when the legs are moving. My instructor wanted me to learn to see,hear, & feel and be able to do those separately to isolate each foot or each pair (trot))
A fun plus if you have someone other than your trainer help you with this excercise would be to impress and amaze your trainer at how well you are always on the correct diagonal.
I'm assuming here that you already know which leg pair is the correct diagonal,just needing to learn how to post it correctly. (rise and fall with the leg on the wall, .ie you go up as the front leg closest to the wall goes forward)
Be as soft as possible, but as firm as necessary--Pat Parelli