Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
I'm not going to disagree with the saddle issues, but I'm not going to agree either.
As a known fact, most horses are left hooved therefore they tend to pick up things a little slower going to the right than to the left (as much our fault sometimes too. For someone reason I always found it's much easier to teach the left then the right).
I would do some shoulder work with her. When you're walking a cirlcle to the right, pick up your right rein and ask lightly for her to turn (do not have your rein cross her neck - keep it on the right side of her) and with your inside leg, ask her to pick herself up and push over. The combination of this encouarges them to use their shoulder to push themselves around. You'll be able to feel from when she's going around in a regular circle to when she's really pushing herself over.
Another thing to try is going in a left circle, use the same signals that were above (picking up the right rein to keep her nose out of the circle and your leg to push her shoulder over) which will push her into the circle but keep her forward momentum.
It will almost feel like a backwards spin, of sorts, but again you feel her engaging her shoulders and moving off that side.
Eventually she'll remember that she's got to keep both sides of her engaged to stay balanced. Lots of horses have issues with engaging their hindquarters and simply run off the front end.
Lots of shoulder in's, shoulder's out, and leg yields and I believe she'll begin to soften and respond to her right side cues. :)