Improving right lead canter

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        10-30-2013, 04:18 PM
    Improving right lead canter

    My horse's left lead canter is very nice, very comfortable, and he feels fairly collected. His right lead is usually flat, and he tends to fall on the forehand and go too fast. It doesn't feel nearly as good as the left lead. But whenever I see him cantering on his own, he's always on his right lead. Why is this? What can I do to improve it, so it's slower and more collected like the left?
    (He picks up both leads equally well.)
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        10-31-2013, 06:18 PM
    Alright so I've got a question for you all-
    Today I went to the chiropractor (first trip ever) for pain in my left shoulder blade. Not only is he going to fix that, but my spine and neck/shoulder area are out of line, causing my right shoulder to drop and making that arm longer. Could this have an effect on my riding (and therefore my horse?)
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        11-03-2013, 12:32 AM
    Absolutely it will have an effect. So many people are quick to blame the horse for being crooked, when it is the rider's own crookedness that is at fault. You may find that once you get yourself straightened out, your horse will travel much better.
        11-03-2013, 12:49 AM
    Thank you, I'll let you know how it goes
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        11-03-2013, 12:52 AM
    A lot of horses end up asymmetrical because of "mirror" training-- the idea that if you do something on one side, it must be done equally on the other. However, if you notice that your horse's right lead feels uncomfortable, you should work on it more! Work on bending correctly, rating speed up and down at the canter, cantering with a slight counterbend (nose poking to the outside), and counter canter--for examples.

    See what happens when you ride for the first time after your adjustment and take it from there!
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