Thanks for all the compliments on our last show! I'm still kinda on cloud 9 about it myself. Junior got to have Monday and Tuesday to himself. Yesterday all he had to do was walk out to the grass and stay within a lead-rope's radius of me while I enjoyed the sunlight in a lawn chair. Rough. I'm trying to take it easy this week. The show was rough on my back and I just want to give it a chance to rest.
Back to DIAGONALS. I do know my diagonals when I'm going in a circle, and I am even starting to be able to pick up the correct one without looking down. Skilz.
What I was confused about was the terminology. The pattern was that weird X/half-circle shape and it said "Left Diagonal" and then "Left Lead" even though it was tracking right. I knew what Left Lead meant, but wasn't sure if Left Diagonal meant "the proper diagonal for tracking left" or "posting with the left front leg". I assumed it was the proper for tracking left and stuck with that, but none of my team were sure, and the other riders did it the opposite; posted when the left front rose as if tracking to the right. Even KAT told me I did it wrong!
HOWEVER. I emailed the judge and she confirmed that I did it correctly. So, I was right that "Left Diagonal" assumes the same direction as "Left Lead." I WAS right. :) WIN! I'm so glad I went with my gut!
LEGS: I started looking back to other videos and it looks like my legs have been uneven for a while. When I was in HS I wore a small lift in one of my shoes but I can't remember which one and I've had back issues on and off for ever, so I'm not sure I can totally blame that. When I did THIS video in April I noticed my left leg looked different. After confirming they were the same length, I swapped the stirrup leathers so it can't be that, or the opposite leg would be wonky. Maybe it's time to have my movement coach colleague come out and assess. I had been feeling like I had to push harder in that stirrup to get him straight this spring.
COMPARISON: For your amusement (and by YOUR I mean MY) I've made a little comparison video of our very first show and our most recent show. Same location and same judge. I think there's been a bit of improvement in 3 years...