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    01-16-2013, 04:57 PM
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Weanling
I thought the horses were one sided...now I think it's me!

I've been riding my current part loan since around September, and I love him to bits. I've learnt through riding him that he feels much stronger on the left rein, and feels unbalanced on the right.
So I decided to google "horse unbalanced on right rein"
A horse forum topic came up. It was mine from a year ago about my old loan
Could it be a coincidence that these horses are both weak on the right rein? Or is it more likely me? I've asked the owner and she said he is unbalanced on one rein so I'm free to school away to rectify it. (I'm planning spiraling circle work to start with).
However I was wondering if anyone had any exercises I could do to get me more balanced in the saddle. My friend took a picture of me riding bareback a few months ago, and my right leg is considerably longer. Could this be more weight in one seatbone, affecting the horse? My back looks straight though so I'm not so sure...
When riding with a saddle and stirrups, I find my left leg is stronger, and I'm able to keep my heel down better with a better lower leg position.

Sorry if the image is too big!
     
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    01-16-2013, 05:08 PM
  #2
Yearling
Your right leg isn't "considerably" longer. It looks like it would in a normal walking gait. Just like how when you walk, your hips "drop" same with like how a horse moves.

Bareback work has done incredible help for my balance. For leg work, I had a really hard time. It used to be said I need a thigh master just to get my legs to be reasonably strong for riding! But the more I ride the better my legs work because I am doing leg work.

I would work on going on and off the rail using just leg work. It gets tiring after a while, but so worth it.

One thing that I swear is like a masochist's dream, is flexing the head inward, and spiling in and out slowly. You don't want the neck straight, but you don't want it super exaggerated. You kinda want the body in a "c" shape almost. After a while of doing this, your knees will scream murder.
     
    01-16-2013, 05:20 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Deschutes    
Your right leg isn't "considerably" longer. It looks like it would in a normal walking gait. Just like how when you walk, your hips "drop" same with like how a horse moves.

Bareback work has done incredible help for my balance. For leg work, I had a really hard time. It used to be said I need a thigh master just to get my legs to be reasonably strong for riding! But the more I ride the better my legs work because I am doing leg work.

I would work on going on and off the rail using just leg work. It gets tiring after a while, but so worth it.

One thing that I swear is like a masochist's dream, is flexing the head inward, and spiling in and out slowly. You don't want the neck straight, but you don't want it super exaggerated. You kinda want the body in a "c" shape almost. After a while of doing this, your knees will scream murder.
Oh, it wasn't just in that picture that my right leg was longer, it was in every picture!
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by spiling. Could you explain some more? :)
     
    01-16-2013, 09:43 PM
  #4
Started
You may be onto something. It's not unheard of for a person to be stronger on one side than the other.

Personally, I'd get check out by a chiro to see if your pelvis and spine are in good alignment first.

Regardless of how that goes, you can do exercises to strengthen and balance your muscles. Here, we have really good staff at the local YMCA. If you don't want to go that route even a video from your library on pilates or yoga may do it.
     
    01-16-2013, 09:54 PM
  #5
Yearling
Most horses, and most people, are stronger on one rein than the other, and it can become a vicious circle - if you are riding unevenly to correct a fault in a horse, you will end up training your muscles unevenly, and so the next horse you get on will feel you riding asymmetrically.... and so on.

So, yes, it is likely that both you and the horse are in some way uneven, and you may, or may not be making it worse in your riding.

Bareback, or without stirrups will help you. Also riding without reins - see where your weight guides the horse to. See if you can find a really good flatwork instructor to have a lesson with and ask him or her to get on your horse and identify to you where they consider his balance and strengths to be.
     
    01-16-2013, 10:54 PM
  #6
Yearling
Oh! I meant spiraling! My bad.

To me in the picture it seemed to correlate that the horses hip was dropped normally like it would for normal walking.

I have bad hips myself from accidents not related to horses, so I can relate. But as I did leg work, I felt a lot stronger in my legs and don't feel like I'm favoring any more.
     

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