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[RC] re: trotting diagonals - Cindy Collins

Great explanation, Jay! Another thing folks could do is get on youtube and look up winning training level dressage test. Watch them over and over paying particular attention to the posting and the diagonals until you can really "see" it and know when it's right. Had my first dressage lesson of the winter last night. The first half was its usual frustrating self as Jack fussed and fought and spooked and I tried to get my body balanced and working appropriately with some level of coordination, but the second half of the lesson felt great and like we were getting our act back together :) Cindy

"What we are looking for is that the rider must be on the correct diagonal at the trot, and as the rider rises (because he is getting pushed off the horse by the thrust of the inside hind leg pushing forward) he asks the horse to move into a canter. Because the horse is pushing off on the inside hind leg, and the rider's weight is rising, it is much easier for the horse to "lead" off with his inside front leg at the same time that the inside hind leg is thrusting his weight forward.

This is how to get a smooth transition from trot to canter."


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