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        03-14-2011, 05:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Possibly A Righty??

    Posted - 03/14/2011 : 3:08:54 PM
    Went out to see Rodeo today, I have for the past few days with an exception of one day. The rode to the round pen and arena flooded with all the rain that has been here in WV. So I have just been grooming him, and walking him around the barn a little bit.

    Today I took Rodeo up to the arena because the flooding finally went down. Got him back into the barn, started brushing him. Went to pick up his feet, he started pulling away from me, stepping forward, sideways ect ect. Go onto the other side, he's perfectly fine. Both feet on his right side he doesnt fight me one bit. Go back to his left side starts fighting me.

    My question is:
    What could I be doing wrong?
    What can I do to resolve this?
    Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks so much!!
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        03-14-2011, 05:18 PM
    Check for an injury, absess or anything that could be causing him pain is what I would do first
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        03-14-2011, 05:39 PM
    Green Broke
    Again, make sure he's not in pain.
    There is a "mental block" in all horses which does not allow the horse to relate what happens on the right side of his body to what happens on the left. This is why a horse can be fine with certain activities going on on one side and not the left.
    I've seen "dead-broke" horses freak because their rider tried to get on/off the horse on the right side when they had been mounted from the left their entire life.
    Just keep working with him on that side & get him used to it like he is on the right.
        03-14-2011, 05:53 PM
    Green Broke
    Rosie1...thats the first thing that I thought of. I checked, no heat coming from anywhere. Is walking, trotting, and moving around fine. No head bobbing, no limping, no favoring any feet or legs. Nothing.

    A few days ago, he let me pick all four feet no problem, but even this took a day or two for me to be able to do it.

    Lilruffian, I think I just need to do what you said, and just work on that side more. This is the side that I usually start grooming, and picking feet first. I will go later today and or tomorrow to one, make sure he is not hurt again, and two, work with him a little bit more on this side.

    Thanks so much for the posts!

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