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post #1 of 4 Old 09-12-2013, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Dominance on one side

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I need some help with an issue I have been having...my colt is naturally a lot better and looser going clockwise on the right lead, especially at the lope. He is right side dominant. However it was never really a major issue. A week and a half a go, I had a pretty bad fall while we were loping on his left lead-his bad way. The fall was completely my fault...but ever since that fall, he has been horrible cantering on his left lead. I have trouble getting him turn smoothly like he did before, especially around at the spot where I fell at. It's like he has all of a sudden got really hard on that side. I have done a lot of exercises to soften and supple him, and he remains soft at the walk and trot, it's really just at the lope. I have thought that maybe I'm tensing up without realizing it, but I have been paying attention to myself and haven't been...I'm not a timid rider. Did falling make him loose his confidence? Does he maybe need a chiropractor? I'm not sure...just wanted input. Thank you!

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-12-2013, 01:14 PM
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I chiropractor could certainly help. Just like us, if they get out, moving a certain way can be difficult or even painful. That would be my first step before treating it as a training issue.
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smrobs..you are turning out to be my go-to gal! thanks for the response...thats what I was thinking as well. I will start looking for a good chiropractor in our area and go from there.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-12-2013, 05:38 PM
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My arab stopped cantering completely after a previous owner fell off him on 5 separate occasions, each time frightening him. Eventually, he wouldn't canter. When I rode him and encouraged him with lots of kissing, he'd trot and trot and the entire time he was watching to see if I was going to fall off. What worked for him was trail riding with another and sending the other horse up a hill first at the canter, then about half way up, the arab still watching me, he'd break into a canter. I got only a few strides at first but it was a start.
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