On Saturday I got together with M of Boots and Saddles at Lake Oroville for her birthday ride. N and Willow also joined us and despite seeing a parking lot full of horse trailers at one point we didn't see any other horses out on the trail! I wanted M's eye on the Frank Baines fit for Scrappy and may have gotten a bit OCD about bringing saddle pads for the occasion:
Funder would say, on the whole posting diagonals thing. Yeah I *knew* what they were, more or less, and the notion that you should post on both for even muscling and happy sound horsey longevity made sense. Did I ever actually pay attention to what diagonal I was on, ever? Nope. So when it came to trying to figure it out, it helped to have someone to not only explain everything, but demonstrate in front of me as well.
It was fun to practice the diagonals and picking canter leads on the trail instead of in an arena. It took me 3/4 of the ride to get a left lead canter out of Scrappy, posting from the left diagonal. He felt smooth as a dream from right to right but Ghetto Booty-to-right-lead on the left diagonal. Until I got just the right combination of waking him up with my left leg, tilting his nose ever so slightly left, and asking for the canter BAM, then suddenly I found a new button and got a flawless left lead canter.
M, or "Teach" as I like to call her now ;-)
N and Willow on the left, M and Farley, and Scrappy face!
It was great fun riding out with the ladies and Scrappy got to be the only Dude there! Boy, it was exhausting keeping up that male bravado the whole time ;-)