Sooooo I have been riding for my entire life but I have always had trouble being able to feel my diagonals. I don't know what it is, and I know with the level I'm at I should be able to feel where my horse's legs are at all times and I usually can, but with diagonals I just always have to look down and check no matter what!
Anyway today I ended up trotting through the woods in the dark after my lesson to take my trainer's horse back to her house, and going somewhat blindly around a turn, all the sudden I FELT WHERE HER LEGS WERE! My inability to see made my ability to feel more acute and I was able to realize that I was on the wrong diagonal! It was such a cool revelation!
Also the other cool thing was that I was trotting blindly through the dark scary woods and my trainer's horse basically led the way home... she is a saint and a half!!!
I hope I'm not the only one who had this problem or else I will feel really dumb
I am waiting to have that moment at the canter! I can feel my diagonals, no problem. Even as a fairly novice rider, got the feel for them as a young teenager. Years later, I am still ridiculously bad at feeling and seeing my canter leads unless the horse is completely unbalanced. I don't get how I can feel one but not the other! I completely understand.
I think some horses are easier to feel than others too. My current horse is very reactive to seat bone pressure. If I were to try to bend him while posting the inside diagonal we'd be all discombobulated.
I make people close their eyes for a few seconds to learn how to feel diagonals. Very useful exercise. I do it myself sometimes, just to keep myself sharp. Well done and big pats to the horse for being good in the dark woods!