M agreed the FB seemed like a good fit but once again I had matching dry spots behind his withers after the ride. He rode really well in it and Mel said it looked level while I was riding. His back wasn’t sensitive/sore in the least. But..the dry spots.
M was kind enough to “unredneckify me” as 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 took me a while to figure out what diagonal I was on. Turns out I favor the right. All the time. And so does Scrappy. Once I figured that out, and did the 2 beat stand to switch diagonals, BOOM, all of a sudden I was posting this crazy Booty Shakin odd gait! The difference between posting the right and left diagonal was HUGE. It was hard to stay posting on that left diagonal at first. Scrappy did all he could to throw me back to the right, and my body wanted me to also.