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    03-12-2013, 01:08 PM
Horse hates the left side?

Brandy and I have progressed a lot in BOTH of our training, but we still haven't gotten past whatever she hates on the left side! I can't keep her head to the inside, and I can't keep her on the wall at the trot/canter, only at the walk, she won't turn on the left side (well we worked on that but she is still having trouble). She doesn't pick up the right lead on a left canter, either. I've tried everything, and I still am, but I just can't figure this out! The only thing I can think of is to just work on the left side constantly, but when I start out our ride on the left side, she just starts dumping sweat, like she's stressed out or something I guess..Any tips? I mean I just can't figure this out, has anyone else had this problem before? How did you fix it? Thanks for any of your tips/suggestions! Oh, also, she doesn't really lounge on the left side, either.
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    03-12-2013, 01:12 PM
This screams pain issue to me. A good horse shouldn't avoid one side just out of training alone.
I would check every ounce of tack and tack fit - making sure nothing is pinching or prodding. I'd call a chiropractor immediately, I'll bet something is either misaligned or sore. A massage therapist might be able to loosen up any knots or muscle soreness. If both of those are ruled out I'd check with the vet for ulcers or other internal issues that could make bending uncomfortable.
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    03-12-2013, 01:12 PM
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Has this horse been seen by a vet, who has done tests to see what is going on?

Chiro, massage might help. Horse may also have something broken/pinched or damaged that those would hurt.

Will also go further to say, that if this has been going on and you are continuing to work her, ride her anyway? You are being abusive and cruel.

There is something wrong here, and to ignore it as you are apparently doing, may mean horse is ruined for life, and only fit for KP.

You need to leave this horse alone completely in terms of anything but feeding and call your vet out now and get to the bottom of this.
    03-12-2013, 01:19 PM
You are being abusive and cruel.
There is something wrong here, and to ignore it as you are apparently doing, may mean horse is ruined for life, and only fit for KP
I honestly feel that was a bit rude...I didn't know something would be wrong with her. I take as much care of her as I possibly can, and I can assure you I'm going to be taking more care of her.
    03-12-2013, 01:23 PM
Originally Posted by Stichy    
I honestly feel that was a bit rude...I didn't know something would be wrong with her. I take as much care of her as I possibly can, and I can assure you I'm going to be taking more care of her.
I agree, that could have been phrased better... You're doing the right thing by trying to find out what's wrong with your horse.
But I do completely agree this could be a very serious issue and it would be best not to ride this horse until a vet/chiro/massage therapist has seen her. I'd start with a chiro, personally this sounds like a sore back or strained muscles. If that clears I'd call a vet, if that clears I'd go to a massage therapist to work out any sore/stiff muscles. If all else proves nothing is wrong I'd get a professional tack fitter out.

If everything is perfect, that's when I'd treat this like a training issue.
Always look at potential pain issues if a willing horse is suddenly unwilling to do something, or continually unwilling to do something that requires the same type of action.
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    03-12-2013, 01:28 PM
Thats just the thing, PunksTank, she's never been willing. She's hardly had any training until now, so that's why I've always thought it's been a training issue or something.
    03-12-2013, 01:31 PM
Also, when she's in the feild, her left side is pefectly fine. Could it still be pain?
    03-12-2013, 01:32 PM
I agree with PunksTank.
I'd let her rest until you get her evaluated. I wouldn't even do ground work. She is obviously very uncomfortable for some reason.
Good luck. Some of these issue can be a mystery but I'm sure you have the best interest of the mare at heart. Let us know what is discovered.
    03-12-2013, 01:33 PM
Will do, I hope mom listens. She's more focusing on Annie now :/
    03-12-2013, 01:34 PM
Rule out pain first once you are sure that pain is not the issue then start thinking training but pain first. You have to KNOW its not the issue before you go on.
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