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        02-06-2008, 07:23 PM

    My horse is OBSESSED with making right turns. When we do left turns in the arena, he does them just fine but I can always feel him wanting to flip directions. Whats up with that? He does lateral flexion both ways, as well as turn both ways equally if we are doing figure eights or going between poles, (at least I think he does.) It is hard to tell sometimes since he isn't exactly soft but I THINK he does. I do left turns a lot to practice but when he does do them in the arena it feels awkward... and he always wants to spin around and change direction.

    Do you think its a training or physical problem, or maybe even a mental one? Whichever the case, how can I cure him and show him that making left turns isn't so bad or wrong? I thought horses liked going left???
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        02-06-2008, 08:28 PM
    Hey Abbey! First off, has this just begun recently? If so, might want to check his teeth incase he has a sharp one on that side and is trying to avoid any kind of pulling that way.

    Othere than than I would try some exercies with flexing going in that direction. Some small circles. Not making a bid deal out of it. See how that works. These are just some things I would try if it were my little guy.
        02-06-2008, 09:06 PM
    Hm. You know he might be overdue to have his teeth floated. It has started semi-recently and turning has become a chore. I will look into that, thanks.
        02-07-2008, 11:02 PM
    I would work him hard to the right- trot or lope some very tight circles. Keep turning the tight circles until he pays attention to the circle (eyes focused in the middle) then, slow him to a walk and use a left turn as his reward- just walk in med. Big left hand circles. He will eventually even out for ya.
        02-07-2008, 11:50 PM
    Well, some people don't get this, but horses, just like humans, are right handed and left handed.
    You need to really work on bending to his weaker direction.
        02-08-2008, 12:55 AM
    Keep in mind that it turning left could be causing physical pain.

    Just work alot going to the left, practise going on a 20 meter circle and spiraling in to a 10 meter circle keeping the bend in mind. When he is bending to the inside and you feel him give in and want to keep the bend through the circle and bend his body around your leg, spiral back out (leg yeild). Keep doing this and it should make him nice and supple going to the left.
        02-08-2008, 12:57 PM
    Thats some great advice guys. I will try it out asap.

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