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        12-02-2012, 12:05 AM
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    Question Attitude/movement changes with direction

    So I was riding my mare today, and I've been trying to get her to "look for the bit"
    We got it today! She was stretching her head down low (without my asking her to) and she allowed me to maintain contact (instead of coming back up)

    This was counter-clockwise. When we change direction, she wouldn't go past her normal headset (which is either straight necked or a little above her back) and she was much more forward.

    This was all done at the trot. (our canter is the same in both directions)

    Why is she like this? Is she lacking muscle on one side? Unbalanced maybe?
    Thanks guys(:
         
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        12-02-2012, 10:42 AM
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    Most horses go better in one direction than the other. I would work her more (or mostly) on the side that she doesn't do so well on until you see improvement. Be sure to give lots of praise when she does what you want
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        12-02-2012, 01:10 PM
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    That's what I was thinking. Just doing double the work in the direction
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        12-02-2012, 02:21 PM
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    And, back down to the walk. See if the same issue happens at the walk.
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        12-02-2012, 04:36 PM
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    Just tried today. She was a little better.
    At the walk she was the same both ways
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        12-06-2012, 03:02 AM
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    Every horse has a "good" and "bad" side, the trick is evening them both out ;) the opposite side may also be a sore side, or a stiff side. I'd try some loosening/lateral work to get her possible aches out. She could possibly have some knots in her muscles that would make her more tense.
         
        12-06-2012, 03:07 AM
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    Also, make sure that you do switch back and forth between the two sides. Too much work on her "bad" side could be counterproductive. I find that loosening both sides while allowing them to stretch in the warm up is helpful (giving them lots of rein, almost allowing them to move as they'd like so they can simply warm up their muscles). I also find that working it out at the trot, swapping both directions throughout the ride, will transfer better to the walk work, rather than waiting until it happens at the walk then moving on to trot. Canter work may also help with the loosening.
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