I thought it was worth revisiting this basic exercise about trot diagonals. Who can identify which diagonal they are on without looking?
This anecdote came up recently with a client and I wondered when it stopped being taught.
When I began horse riding at age six I joined the lead rein lesson. All six ponies were led and we did steering in rides and on our own, before halting at B (always on the right rein) and trotting “to the rear of the ride”, a phrase I took for granted by didn’t fully comprehend until about ten.
When we trotted we had to count our elephants whilst sitting (or bouncing) before rising – “one elephant, two elephant, three elephant, rise!”
I hated this for two reasons;
- Why should I shout nonsense in front of other people? Doing it in my head was far better – more grown up, I thought. I was forever being told to speak more loudly.
- What is the point in counting elephants? There aren’t any and I might…
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