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Re: [RC] diagonals - Beth Walker

That wasn't exactly what I mean. I don't have any problems finding the correct diagonal in a ring, and I change diagonals frequently when on the trail. I was referring to the earlier discussion in this forum where folks were talking about which diagonal they used when posting on slopes. Because the terminology was different, I was pretty sure I wasn't getting what they were saying.

On Apr 17, 2007, at 4:16 PM, Truman Prevatt wrote:

If you post by feel - you don't need written instructions. If you post the wrong diagonal on a left circle or going around a left turn - it just doesn't feel right and you horse gets irritated trying to get you correct. The tighter the circle or sharper the turn the worse it feels. I've never been impressed in learning athletic moves or form from the written page.You don't learn to hit a tennis ball by reading a book. Those that have the feel will do it right - those that don't can read all they can get their hands on and still not get it right.

Jackie Robinson never had a good batting coach till he got into the majors - he didn't need it. Instruction is good. Video taping is very good so you can see what you are doing and connect that to how you felt. At the end of the day you have to develop the feel and trust that feel.


Beth Walker wrote:
Jonni, I agree that the results are the same as far as the actual posting is concerned. The only problem occurs with trying to follow written directions - at least for me. I always thought that the "left diagonal" was the one you used when traveling left on the circle (which is the right diagonal), and vice versa. Since I was using the terms backwards, I would end up on the wrong diagonal if I tried to use written directions for, say, posting on a slope.

On Apr 16, 2007, at 5:34 PM, Tx Trigger wrote:

I think that Beth and I were taught the same, and get the same result as those who are posting to the shoulder. I was just taught as the FRONT leg that is to the inside of the arena HITS the ground in front of the horse, I was to be "up" on my posting. So, left front foot hits ground, I am on my left diagonal. When right front hits ground in front of horse, I am on right diagonal. At least it worked for me in all my years of showing and english equitation. LOL Here is a quick video with a girl talking about posting. She explains it the way I was not taught, but result is still the same. She is showing the "up" when front foot to center of ring HITS the ground.


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[RC] diagonals, Tx Trigger
Re: [RC] diagonals, Beth Walker
Re: [RC] diagonals, Truman Prevatt