Bending to the right????!!!

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Bending to the right????!!!

This is a discussion on Bending to the right????!!! within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-12-2009, 09:42 PM
Green Broke
Bending to the right????!!!

I was working with Chance on bending through her corners and keeping that same type of bend during 30ish meter circles[starting out large]. Chance could do it very very nicely to her left side even at the trot, then to the right .. she couldnt seem to do it. I mean I know I havent worked that side much as I have the left side.. but. At the halt I can ask for lateral flexion and she can reach all teh way to my heel pretty much so .. its not her so much being stiff.... But to the right she would just keep her neck straight and llike cross her front feet over and just had no bend. I know its something she CAN do. Its not like a defect or something LOL!

Also at the halt I can ask for a slight bend through her neck and she can do it...

The right side is also my bad way as well.. interesting lol

Sponsored Links
    09-12-2009, 10:01 PM
I say a part of it is your saddle. I actually am banking on that. A lot of the issues you are having with Chance I feel is directly related to your saddle. So until you fix that, you won't see progress.

However, it's possible she is out of alignment and needs to be adjusted. Maybe get an equine chiropractor out to look at her.

It's also possible that her ribs are stuck to the right. It would make it very easy for her to bend left, but very hard for her to bend right because her ribs are in the way. Go back and review the DVD in the Level 2 pack that talks about that subject, and also go back and watch last month's Savvy Club DVD with the lady and her Icelandic Pony.....perfect example of a horse who can't bend.
    09-12-2009, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
I have a saddle that fits perfectly now.

She's never been out of alignment before .. but if I can find someone and if I have the money ill see what they say.

I don't work her on the right very much so maybe its the ribs. Which DVD is it??
    09-12-2009, 10:16 PM
Great! Glad to hear you have a saddle that fits her now. However, is it placed correctly and shimmed accordingly? If not, that can and will cause problems.

It doesn't matter if a horse has never been out of alignment before. They can throw themselves out just by playing around in the pasture.

In the Level 2 pack, it's one of the DVDs that also discusses saddle position....Linda talks about how to sit on a horse that's ribs are stuck. It's brilliant! Also, last month's Savvy Club DVD.
    09-12-2009, 10:20 PM
All horses have a stiff or strong side. Maybe you can try massaging the muscles on her stiff side to warm up the muscles before you ride. She might just have a few knots in her shoulder or hip. With my horse, it's usually his shoulder. If it's just a basic conformation thing, you'll just have to work more on suppling her stiff side. It will come in time.
    09-12-2009, 10:23 PM
Green Broke
Ohhh I think I've seen that somewhere. Ill re look at that again.

And its placed in the normal position, with a wintec front lifter pad. And she was riding nicely under it, it seemed. Sadly I didnt get video so I couldnt see exactly what was going on. But I know from that last ride there was perfectly even sweat marks.

Hopefully tomorrow Ill be getting some videos.
Im thinking its just that she hasnt been worked on that side much not even played with on that side.. so Its just a lot weaker.
    09-12-2009, 10:25 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
All horses have a stiff or strong side. Maybe you can try massaging the muscles on her stiff side to warm up the muscles before you ride. She might just have a few knots in her shoulder or hip. With my horse, it's usually his shoulder. If it's just a basic conformation thing, you'll just have to work more on suppling her stiff side. It will come in time.
Thanks for the reply! :)! Yeah Ill try massaging her before riding and see if that loosens her up at all. It was a little frusterating haha the other side was so nice and soft. That's what I thought that just maybe she has a stiffer side like most and its just going to need more work then the other.
Thanks again.
    09-12-2009, 10:56 PM
I have a few questions

How do you know your saddle is the "perfect" fit?
How are you asking for the bend?
    09-13-2009, 01:52 AM
I know that feeling, getting Ben to Bend to the right is like bending a 1500lb brick wall. I let him warm up normall first, then halt and ask for a few bands, and then with his head bent I ask him to move his hind quarters off my right leg. I then ask him to bend at the walk with alot of leg (and spur if needed) and sponging and half halting the inside rein untill I feel even the slightest bit of softening. If he gives a bit, I release the presure and tell him he was good. Lots of circles, serpentines, and sppirals help
    09-13-2009, 01:53 AM
Green Broke
Its not a PERFECT fit, but it definitely is speading the weight evenly across the back. You can tell by the sweat marks. And she seemed to be moving a lot more freely in it. Ill get pictures when ever I work her enough to get a good sweat pattern. I really need a different lifter pad I hate mine, but it works at the moment.

The way I was taught to ask for the bend is by using my inside leg to push her more towards the rail, and like tighten up on the contact with the inside rein But I've been bringing the rein lower for teaching her atm I tend to do that with everything I teach at first idk why. And kinda take your outside rein forward bit. Idk its easier done then said, I did my best hope you kinda get the picture.

Again that's the way I was taught.
Just like some people are taught to ask for the canter with the outside leg.. I was taught with the inside leg.

LOL im not just like yanking her head! :P
Im supporting with my legs as well.

She picked up on it quickly to the left, it took like 2 laps.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bending Excercises? sixlets Horse Training 2 08-21-2009 06:07 PM
suppling/bending horseyhmg27 Horse Training 4 06-24-2009 01:55 PM
Bending help, please. x.x Twig English Riding 14 09-06-2008 07:57 PM
Bending??? JDsmum Horse Training 2 08-10-2008 03:22 PM
Bending Issues Taylor99 Horse Training 2 10-04-2007 09:03 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:28 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0