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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun. 20, 2009
    Hunterdon County NJ

    Default April 2012 CKD column

    Referring to 'trop loop' in T3

    "I often see riders posting through the loop maintaining the same diagonal. I don't think you get marked off for it, but the correct way is to change your diagonal each time you change direction, so there should be two changes diagonal during each loop."

    I haven't found a person yet who agrees with this... Including the 'r' judge who was at our schooling show this weekend.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct. 11, 2007
    Andover, MA


    It may depend on the horse. Mine is quite fussy about me posting on the "correct" diagonal, and will counterbend and pop her inside shoulder if I get it wrong, so I do change, and change back again.
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    Proudly owned by 1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia; G-dspeed Trump & Minnie; welcome 2014 Morgan filly MtnTop FlyWithMeJosephine

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb. 9, 2000


    I have always been taught (and ridden it at shows) that you change diagonal each time you cross the quarterline and change bend.

    So yes, agree with CKD.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov. 10, 2010


    I was taught to change diagonal any time that you change bend in order to be rising with the outside front/inside hind diagonal (with the inside hind being the important player in all of that...for balance, bend, etc.). So, yes, you'd change twice in the trot loop, whenever you'd change bend.

    That said, if I had a horse that was fussy about all the changing, I'd just ride the same diagonal throughout in order to keep the nice, forward gait that I need in training level.

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