Originally Posted by prbygenny
to build up his left?
Now this is really weird and long so bare with me.
When we go to the right (my weak side his strong over muscled side) I have a hard time getting him to do a true bend. When we go to the left (my strong side, his underdeveloped side) I get a great bend. His right shoulder bows out sometimes but I have started lifting my left hand a tad while using alot of left leg and this is helping alot. So how do I build up his left side to be as strong as his right? Do I work more to the right or the lfet?
When I do turns on the haunches should I work more to the left or right?
When I do on the fore should I work more to the right or left?
Now I am a H/J so I don't know the correct dressage term but I will explain and you tell me if I should do more to the right or left?
When you are walking and first the horses front legs cross and then the next step their back legs cross. (hope this all makes sense) Should I do more of these to the right or left?
Basicaly I am looking for things to do to buid up muscle on his left and also looking to stretch his right side muscles to make them more flexible.
Thanks for any help.
Basically what is happening is your horse is having trouble stretching the muscles on his left side. His right side is too constricted. He is in fact weaker on his right and throwing out his right shoulder ( and therefore trying to counterbend) in a effort to not use the right side properly. My horse is the same.
What is actually happening is horse horse is avoiding going straight and the problem actually starts with the hind legs. His right hind leg is in fact traveling outside the frame of his body to avoid using it to carry himself properly. A horse capable of carrying himself and rider equally ( or almost equally) has hind legs that travel directly underneath himself equally. Avoiding that even loading results in the horse appearing to be softer or easier to ride on the opposite side.
You horse's right hind leg is traveling forward and in a direction away from his body and as a result the left hind is forced to carry more weight and since his left is stronger he is happy doing that. What you need to do is to get the horse to bear more weight on the right to strengthen it and to do this shoulder ins and leg yields are the best exercises. These you will do to the right so the the right hind leg is forced (via positioning) to bear more weight.