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[RC] Diagonals - Don Huston

Thank you all for your opinions and descriptions. It is always good for me to get a recap on the mechanics of the rising trot. I do not have an arena but I ride some crooked trails and also circle him around scarey bushes and such. I also switch diagonals a lot (ever since Marci C was so kind to teach me at Eastern Mojave years ago) and I have noticed that the rougher side has remained rough and the smoother side smooth.

I am going to do some real circles in some meadows and determine which diagonal is rough and check his legs for problems. On straight stretches it also amazes me that I cannot see any difference in how the horse is moving his head or the rhythm of his hooves when I change diagonals but suddenly my post gets a lot higher.

BUT...once I determine which is which I still do not know if the diagonal with the higher post is weak or strong. I want to know which one I should spend more time on to even out my horses diagonals.

Don Huston


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