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    04-23-2010, 12:20 AM
Green Broke

I am having a heck of a time with Majic's shoulders, particularly his right shoulder. He seems to lead everywhere he goes with his right shoulder. When I try to get a straight line out of him we end up wandering to the right no matter how much of a "wall" I try to put up with the right rein and leg and how much of a "door" I try to open with my left leg and rein. Any circles to the right at any speed is always very flat. His canter to the right is just awful as well, feels like we are going to fall over and my right arm is always sore after any length of cantering to the right.

To the left he is beautiful, great circles, awesome canter. He was recently adjusted by the chiro so any kind of pains going to the left can be ruled out I think.

So any suggestions on how to strengthen the right side?
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    04-24-2010, 02:03 PM
Green Broke
Leg, leg, leg. YOU have to be straight before he can be straight. I thought I was completly straight in the saddle until my trainer pointed out all my flaws to me, and instantly, my horse came up and under me, and was perfectly straight. Have your trainer or someone watch you and tell you how croked you are in the saddle. Even if you are leaning the tiniest bit, it will change the horse's whole center of balance. Heck, these things feel a fly on their skin, they sure as heck feel our body moving weird!
    04-25-2010, 06:04 PM
Yeah, what Stormy said. How's your right shoulder? Definitely start there and have someone watch you ride to see if you're heavier seated to one side or the other.
    04-25-2010, 06:19 PM
Pictures and/or video would be infintely helpful in this situation :)
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    04-25-2010, 09:32 PM
Green Broke
I can try and get some video next time I go out.

I don't think I can put any more leg on him...
    04-26-2010, 01:30 PM
Green Broke
Trust me, you can. It's all aboutstrength training.
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    04-27-2010, 05:49 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Yeah, what Stormy said. How's your right shoulder? Definitely start there and have someone watch you ride to see if you're heavier seated to one side or the other.
I actually ride left handed (even though I am right handed for writing, I do most things like I am left handed), so I think I may be a little heavier to the left, but...wouldn't that make him unbalanced to the left not to the right?
    04-27-2010, 12:55 PM
Green Broke
Not nessiarly. You're taking weight off his right side, so he's falling into it.
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    04-27-2010, 01:05 PM
Also, and note I am a new rider here so feel free to disregard!, I had problems with my guy really laying on the inside rein (which I think is what is what you mean by your right arm is tired when you circle to the right). Try using more outside rein and being lighter with the inside. He can't lean on something you don't give him!
    04-27-2010, 01:10 PM
Green Broke
I agree completly.^
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