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    08-27-2009, 12:05 AM
Duchess update!

Ok, so she is taking her left lead really well now. All I do is tip her nose slightly to the right, ask with my right leg and off we go into a lope on the left lead. So now here is the slight problem... She is really rough on the left side, she is not cross firering, my friend watched us today. So is there anyway to fix this or is the best thing to just keep loping circles. When my sister gets home im going to have her video tape me riding duchess so I can see what she is doing. Going to the right it seems like she is alot smoother, and then going to the left it seems like she is rougher, but yet she will collect better on the left side, lol I don't know. It almost seems like she is rigid going to the left im starting to wonder if she is droping her should her or something, I don't know???? Lol. Does this make any sense lol. Is it that maybe her muscles just are not stretched enough or limber enough whatever you want to say, that it makes her not ..... umm...... whats the word..... I guess not as long in the stride as the right side?? Like the muscles just need to be worked more. I hope this makes sence lol.
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    08-27-2009, 12:28 AM
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Horses can be right sided or left sided just like humans are left handed or right handed so it could just be that she's more right "handed." As you lope her more on the left lead over time she'll get more and more "ambidextrous" and have an easier time with her left lead.
Just keep doing what you're doing! It sounds like you're doing great. I'm glad Duchess and you have finally figured each other out. =D

A video is a great idea though.
    08-27-2009, 12:46 PM
Thanks. Ya, she is definantly right sided. I will just keep working on her left side and doing all sorts of bendng and suppling exercises and what not. Ya I think I will still have my sister video me, just to see.
    08-27-2009, 01:24 PM
Oh yay, I'm so glad you're making progress with her!
Like Wallaby said, she is probably just stronger to the other side. Work with her to build up her balance and muscle and eventually it will become easier for her...it's just going to take a little bit longer than the other side.
    08-27-2009, 02:26 PM
Thanks. I will keep chuggin away lol.
    08-27-2009, 03:21 PM
Look at the way you're riding her going ti the left. I have never seen a horse that is loose have trouble with leads or lead changes so I disagree that horses prefer one side to another. Riders however, have strong sides and weak sides. Just like the problem origanally was that you were in her way when she was taking her left lead you're probably still interfering with her a little. /watch the video and see if you can tell where the problem is.
    08-27-2009, 03:36 PM
^That is definitely possible also.

Horses have the whole right brain/left brain thing going on so we must teach it from both sides, but your bad side could be the same as her untaught side. Good point kevinshorses
    08-27-2009, 04:34 PM
Very true kevinshorses, my weak side is definantly my left lol. Im definantly going to have my sister video tape me, see if I can spot a problem or not.
    08-28-2009, 08:53 PM
I kmow nothin bout western riding much because I switched but with Red all I had to do was keep takin him in circles and after a month of training(ugh it was hell) we finally got it! Good luck
    08-28-2009, 11:24 PM
Since you've been having such a hard time getting her to pick up her left lead, she is probably trying to adjust herself to the new feeling or cantering on the left lead with a rider. Just keep practicing, lots of transitions, and try and work on not "bothering" her too much. I have the same problem with Ricci sometimes. Our bad side is the left too, and it's a constant battle to get out of the way so she can work like I want her to. So like I said, practice. =]

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