Ugh, one arm stronger than the other?!

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Ugh, one arm stronger than the other?!

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  • Riding with one hand stronger than the other
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    09-13-2010, 05:29 PM
Ugh, one arm stronger than the other?!

So when I'm riding counter-clockwise my inside (left) rein is ALWAYS shorter. This tips the horse's head in (obviously) and it really hinders our upward transitions. It's strange that I have this problem because I'm right handed!

So, does anyone have suggestions other than just trying to be conscience of it?
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    09-13-2010, 05:50 PM
Hahaha I think everyone has this prob, unless they are a) freaks :P or b) they have straighted it out themselves. I know I do on my right which makes sense because unless I have a spooky horse or I forsee trouble, I nearly always ride with the reins in one hand, my left because my first instructor taught me to ride in the left if your a righty and the opposite if your a lefty so you can eat, text, make phonecalls, high five, push branches aside, make rude gestures to ignorant drivers......we were endurance riders so you have to do everything on the run.....I don't text either, but she did......
    09-14-2010, 01:58 PM
Lol well I'm glad I'm not the only one. However, knowing that helps me NONE, so I guess I'll just try to be aware of it ;)
    09-14-2010, 04:30 PM
Every animal that is birthed from a womb has a dominant side and a weak side. In training the horse and rider the biggest goal is to create equality from side to side. The only way to do this is by constant monitoring and correction until the paths in the brain are wired toward ambidexterity which can take years.
Perfect practice makes perfect!

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