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Lateral Movements

Riders follow the diagonal motion of the trot which is called “posting”

Lateral Movements Explained

Posting smooths out the trot for the rider

One of the first vocabulary words that a beginner rider learns in a mounted lesson is “diagonal.” As riders learn the mechanics of the trot and the up and down motion their seat makes in the saddle, they quickly learn that there is rhyme and reason of when to rise and fall.

 

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Turn On the Forehand

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Leg Yield

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Shoulder-In & Shoulder-Fore

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The horse moves away from the leg that is applied behind the girth.

Moves on three tracks.

Straight body or slightly bent away from the direction of travel.

Legs cross under the body.

Maintain rythm

 

Leg Yield

A leg yield is a lateral (sideways) movement of the horse where the horse’s body is relatively straight and slightly bent away from the direction of movement.

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Leg Yield Aids

The horse moves away from the leg that is applied behind the girth.

Moves on three tracks.

Straight body or slightly bent away from the direction of travel.

Legs cross under the body.

Maintain rythm

 

How to ask for a leg yield

Apply the one leg slightly behind the girth.

Learn more about horse gaits and movement.

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Leg Yield

1st Beat: Left Fore Leg/Right Hind Leg
2nd Beat: Right Fore Leg/Left Hind Leg

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A rider is on the correct diagonal when they post up out of the saddle while the horse’s front leg closest to the outside of the ring reaches forward, and sits in the saddle as that leg goes back.

Shoulder-In

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Initiated with a half halt.

Inside rein guides the forehand inwards.

Outside hand gives a little to let the outside shoulder forwards, and then becomes passive while controlling the bend and providing support.

Rider puts more weight on the inside seat bone.

Inside leg lies at the girth and maintains the bend in the ribcage.

Rider’s outside leg is passive and only becomes active if the horse falls out with the outside hind leg. It lies slightly behind the girth.

Shoulder-Fore

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A preperatory excerise before the should-in is the shoulder-fore.

The horse is bend inwards to a lesser degree than the shoulder-in.

The horse travels on four tracks.

Half Pass

The Trot is a Two-Beat Gait

Trot Diagonals Quiz

Take the Trot Diagonals Quiz

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Welcome to the Trot Posting Diagonals Quiz!

Name
What is a trot?
What is posting?
How do you know if a rider is on the correct diagonal?
If a horse and rider are going to the left, which diagonal should the rider be on?
If a horse and rider are going to the right, which diagonal should the rider be on?
True or False: The outside of the horse is always on your left.

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