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post #1 of 4 Old 04-10-2012, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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I can't kick with my left leg!

This post is more funny than anything else, but I thought maybe I could get something out of sharing my ridiculous story ....

I cannot seem to kick with my left leg! When I'm riding my TB and asking him to straighten or keep him from bowing out to the outside, whatever the case may be, I apply pressure with my leg or (more often) have to give him a little "bump, bump" to remind him we're working here. But I can't seem to do this as effectively with my left leg as I can with my right!

Its down right ridiculous. You should see me. I cant seem to turn my left foot out to give him the bump with my heel. So I try and lift my leg from his side to give him a bump but then I end up lifting my right leg also and lose the contact I want. I was working on this yesterday and I was just laughing at myself!

This never used to be a problem for me! But I have not ridden much this winter due to HEAVY travel for my job, so i know I am a little weak. And I am right handed, so it makes sense that the left is not the dominant side. But bejesus! It's like a right handed person trying to write with their left hand, just a big ole mess, hahaha...

Anyone have this problem? Any ideas on fixing the problem? I have a dressage whip that I carry sometimes to use as an aid for behind my leg, but again, Im not as good with it in my left hand. Any thoughts on becoming a more ambidextrous rider again? LOL.....

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-10-2012, 02:07 PM
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The dressage whip would help you now but I would start exercising and making sure both of your legs are strong. This book is a really good book that focuses on what muscles a horse rider needs. Maybe you can get it.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-12-2012, 03:27 PM
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I think I have the same problem, but I never realized it before . I already knew my left hand can't handle a whip (I'm practicing on that now), but lately my horse also falls a little to the left and my left leg isn't strong enough to push her back. Maybe I should buy that book as well.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-12-2012, 04:36 PM
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I had that problem for the longest time! The funny thing is, I'm right-handed but the more dominant side would switch from time to time (probably mostly due to my balance issues and over-compensating). The only thing I found that really worked was having someone on the ground tell me when I got off-balance and LOTS of practice riding. I think what would help you is exercises that help strengthen your non-dominant side and frequent riding. Of course the usual no-stirrups, bareback, etc should also help. Good luck!
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