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    07-16-2013, 07:35 PM
Originally Posted by rookie    
also the use of a left hand for writing or sword play was considered a "sign of the devil". Dexter is latin for right and Sinister is latin for left. Which is why the twin on the left side or the left handed twin in a pair of identical twins was considered the evil twin because it was sinister and thus working with the devil

I heard that being ambidextrous was considered a sign of the devil also. Makes sense.
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    07-16-2013, 07:46 PM
Back in the day everything was a sign of the devil :)
    07-16-2013, 07:51 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by rookie    
back in the day everything was a sign of the devil :)
Yes, I also heard that we do everything from the left because of knights and their swords.

Sorry to hijack this thread but Rookie, you reminded me of something from the movie The Waterboy.

    07-16-2013, 08:00 PM
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OH NO GUYS. I'm of the devil! *cuts off left hand*
    07-16-2013, 08:46 PM
On a side note, I recommend you switch it up with your horse and try mounting, bridling, ect. From both sides. I do my saddle from the left, because the billets on the right are a bit small for the buckles and its easier to only adjust from the left. Also, when you lead two horses, you'd hate for one to get weird about you being on the wrong side. My mom's knee issues have caused her to start to need mounting from the left, I had to work with her horse for nearly a week to get him to stop walking off when I went to mount.
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    07-16-2013, 08:52 PM
I second that OliveOats. I try to change sides at random so my horse is used to it. You may be in a situation one day where you need to mount from the wrong side, and it would be awkward if your horse refused.
    07-16-2013, 09:53 PM
It was from the military when the soldiers had their swords hanging down their left leg, so they wouldn't be able to swing that leg over their horse
    07-17-2013, 12:17 AM
I read somewhere that horses can be left or right handed just like humans and that whichever side their mane falls on is their dominate side. The article had some kind of study backing it up, but who knows if it's accurate. It sure is interesting though!

Anyway, the article said that horses should be saddled up and mounted from their dominate side, so whichever side their mane is on. Looks like I have some work to do, my horse's mane is on the right.
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    07-17-2013, 05:46 AM
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I only do two things always on the left side. Tighten the cinch because the latigo is on the left and the bridle because the buckle is on the left. Everything else I do from either side. One thing I usually do from the right side is put the saddle over the horse. Then you don't have to worry about the cinches sliding off the saddle and hitting the side or legs of the horse or getting stuck under the saddle. You only have the left stirrup the could possibly get in the way.
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    07-17-2013, 10:49 AM
Originally Posted by QuietHeartHorses    
I read somewhere that horses can be left or right handed just like humans and that whichever side their mane falls on is their dominate side. The article had some kind of study backing it up, but who knows if it's accurate. It sure is interesting though!
Maybe it's true for other horses, but it sure doesn't apply to mine! His mane falls on the right and that's his worst side by far.

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