In this week’s Horse Master with Julie Goodnight episode (airs weekly on RFDTV), Julie works with a young rider to learn to feel her trot diagonals instead of looking for them.
She posted this 5 minute video of the session on YouTube. It’s worth watching, even if you already know how to feel your diagonals.
A few key points from the session include:
Why is it important to post on the outside diagonal (when outside front leg is coming forward)? It helps your horses to balance, particularly in the turns.
To remember which diagonal is correct, just think “rise and fall with the leg on the wall”.
While we remember our diagonals based on the front leg, we actually post on correct diagonal because of the back legs.
To learn to feel your trot diagonals:
At the walk, feel your hips lifting. Say “now” every time your outside hip lifts up.
Then move up to a sitting trot.
In order to feel the correct diagonal, feel when your outside hip lifts up.
Every time your outside hip comes up, say “up”.
Begin posting on the word up.
And voila! You are posting on the correct diagonal.
This is a great system, but it will be more beneficial if you have a buddy in the ring with you who can confirm that you are indeed feeling things correctly and getting the correct diagonals. Anybody else want to take Julie Goodnight home as their buddy?
What tips and tricks do you have to share for learning to feel your diagonals?