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post #11 of 13 Old 12-21-2013, 06:28 AM
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Alot of good advice above just wanted to add a couple of things. Horses are left or right handed like ppl and some are ambidextrous (just like some ppl) and will travel accordingly. I have noticed in the past with some riders that if the rider is, for example, a strong right handed person riding a horse that is strong right sided then the lesser side (in this example the left) is weaker and the travel of both horse and rider is off. One mistake is that such riders tend not to work as much on directions that are not comfortable to them and the horse and the rider inadvertantly is creating a "lopsided" way of going. In a couple of instance the muscles are visualy more developed in the dominant side of the horse.

Gait idiosycrasy: though more common in Arabians can be seen in gaited breeds from time to time. This is when the horse has its own peculiar way of traveling. It shows up when the horse is traveling at liberty also. Does your horse travel the same way when your not riding him/her? THis happens in humans quite often. However I am not convinced that is what your experiencing.

Video would be great.

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post #12 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 08:39 PM
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I had a mare I rode for ten years that started the exact thing. Since I knew this was new I tried first to steighten her out. Then did a chiropractor bit. No change. Had teeth checked all good and a bit set. Still did it. For months I sought answers. Then I landed in a riding clinic nearly exhausted with the fix it effort. What I learned that day changed how I rode from that day forward. On a rail She is "dropping" her inside shoulder and walking almost sideways down the rail. They had me "break my reins". I lifted my inside rein so that side of bit lifted in the mouth. Out side rein level. Inside leg pressure on hip to push rear to rail. (Call it position one if you will). She immediatly raised her head hallowed her back and nosed out. So I kept inside rein up but lifted a little higher and moved my inside hand more toward the neck. Outside rein came down toward shoulder firm not tight pressure. (Call it position two). When she dropped her nose and rounded her back return to position one. After a few rides back at home I could feel her shoulder drop and I would go position one. If no response position two... remember that leg pressure. Thats gonna drive the hind end back under her once she lifts the shoulder.
One really nice benefit is I used this and she learned to collect naturally and hold a head set. Nosing out was always a problem for me too until this. Now all three of her grandbabies have learned natural collection and headset. Was very easy to learn and implement.
Worked best for me in a tom thumb snaffle. The bit has to break/bend in the middle to work correctly and the shank helps lift the bit better than a D or O ring bit.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-30-2013, 07:59 AM
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Sorry for the double post. Read the post on here called two dozen useful aphorisms. Read number 7. This adds to what I was trying to explain in previous post.
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