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        01-13-2013, 10:05 AM
    bending left shoulder

    I got my horse nice and warmed up yesterday and his balance is improving so well!
    However, he's still awkward going to the left. I figured out that when he stumbles it always going to the left. Tight circles and large circles.
    Any suggestions on how to get him to move/bend in that direction?

    His canter is way off balance, he can't catch up with himself so I've been doing these walk/trot exercises and his head is now nice and stretched out at both gates. I know I'm going to need more round pen work with the canter. I don't want to tackle that feat yet unless it will help him with the stiffness in the left shoulder.
    Thanks in advance.
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        01-13-2013, 10:11 AM
    Stiffness can come from many things. Such us, being sore, pain, and not enough work on side. I would do a lot of stretching and turning on the ground first. As its easier for him to turn when your not on his back. Do lots of things like having his nose touch his belly. Ask him to yield his front and hind end. You just need to work the muscle. The reason why he most likely stiff is from not using the muscle. Now he is.

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