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post #1 of 13 Old 09-24-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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need more movement out of left hind?

well denny is going GREAT!!! He has improved so much so quickly I really have nothing bad to say about him.

The only problem we are having now is his weakness in his left hind. Which is a muscle development issue, which I need in order to perfect a flying lead change.

So what exercises can I do to work on his left hind to strengthen it a bit more?

The right side is fine at the moment (not great but alot better then the left) and I do not want to do more on the right side when he is physically less developed. What suggestions does everyone have?

we are now working on the left lead more then the right at a walk and trot in serpentines, circles, etc . Only for the sake of getting it to be at par with the right hind muscling. Any other suggestions out there??
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Hills are great for building the hindquarters, especially if you make him walk up.
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If this is for flying lead changes, I like to do a lot of turns on the forehand, and expanded forehand turns.

Expanded turns though are my favorite. I like to do them at the trot but starting at the walk is good. Just ask him to walk up, then push his hip to the outside so it makes a 90 degree turn. Don't lose the forward motion though. It gets that leg reaching out and also will help unstick the button when you get up to the lope. By the end, you should be able to trot a square. Go about eight steps, push the hip to the outside 90 degrees, trot another eight steps, push that hip, etc. :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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If this is for flying lead changes, I like to do a lot of turns on the forehand, and expanded forehand turns.

Expanded turns though are my favorite. I like to do them at the trot but starting at the walk is good. Just ask him to walk up, then push his hip to the outside so it makes a 90 degree turn. Don't lose the forward motion though. It gets that leg reaching out and also will help unstick the button when you get up to the lope. By the end, you should be able to trot a square. Go about eight steps, push the hip to the outside 90 degrees, trot another eight steps, push that hip, etc. :)

That is interesting havent tried that... will do that tonight :) thanks
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Let me know how it goes! I have actually been planning on making a video on how to do it. I may do that tonight if you'd like to see it.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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oh yes please. It could never hurt. From what I am imagining is I am making him walk/trot a square with planting/pivoting on his left front and swing his hind around to bring him 90 degrees.

Am I missing anything??
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Sounds just about right!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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haha I will try and I will keep a look out for your video :)
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Are you riding English or Western? And how educated is the horse?
I love switching between shoulder in, revers and travers for a crooked horse. My gelding would chronically swing his quarters left and had such a weak left hind that he was compensating by overloading his right shoulder, hence I was constantly holding him up through the right rein.
I competed over the weekend after after 5 weeks of working soley on S.I/renvers/travers, I FINALLY got two tests that he stayed straight throughout, not an ounce of swing to the left.
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um technically neither. I ride him in an endurance saddle and have him working with a western trainer who is also big on English dressage. So we are getting the both worlds I guess you could say.

As of now his education is around what a 5-6 year old should be my trainer says. Not finished!!

As for proper horse terms I am limited to my knowledge on that end. So I do not know what "S.I/renvers/tranver "etc are however with my luck I probably have done them under the guidance of my trainer without even knowing.

But as of now I can have him
Ø separate all 5 parts of the body (head, neck, shoulders, ribs, hind)
Ø work on the forhead or the haunches
Ø tends to get stuck more so on the left rib with his left front shoulder. But can always break it loss when we go backwards and ask for a reverse bend and then continue on with our forward motion and just keep the rib out of his way by constantly tapping with my calf to mimic his left lead stride.
Ø tends to pull to the right when trying to go straight and needs constant reminder to move his right shoulder back into place
Ø can pivot on all four legs and move shoulders or hind end around in a complete 360.
Ø have a good w/t/c transitions as of now but does need some fine tuning on timing.
Ø can back up great but I have to keep pressure on his left hind to keep him straight

Um I know there is a ton more I just don’t know what they are called or how to describe them without getting this to lengthy. Again horse terms is very limited to me L
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