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post #1 of 14 Old 01-22-2010, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Stiff to the right?

Hi.
When I ride my horse I usually walk and trot in both directions, then canter in both directions, then do whatever I want to work on.
My horse walk trots fine in both directions,
But when I canter him to the right, quoth my mother, he looks like a totally different horse.

His canter to the left is smooth, balanced, forward. Very nice.
But when I canter him to the right it's stiff, uncomfortable, every stride feels like I'm pulling on his mouth, I ask him to step out with my leg but it's still an uncomfortable canter all together! It almost feels like he's on the wrong lead, but he isn't.
It's so strange, and it just feels so uncomfortable, for me and probably for him to, because with the rockiness that I experience in that canter, it's very hard to stay soft on his mouth.

I'm searching for a video that shows it as I post this, if I find one I'll post it up. But I have no clue what causes this, he's perfect to the right!
Any ideas? While I look for the video?
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-22-2010, 02:46 PM
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Does he show any other signs of being off like discomfort wise? How old is he?
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He's 12, and no signs of discomfort, it just feels stiff, but it's 100000% balanced and smooth going to the left, so it's strange.
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When was the last time he had his teeth done?
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A month or so after I bought him, I bought him about 4 months ago.
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-22-2010, 03:21 PM
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Has he ever had his back checked? Does his saddle fit him right?
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-22-2010, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Never had an official back check but we've never seemed to have had a saddle fitting problem. When we bought him we inherited his old saddle, and when we get new saddles we stick with the size of his old one and we never seem to have a problem.
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He could have put his back out easily on the right side out in the field or in the stable happened to my horse before
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I would have his back looked at, it may not even be that or anything..it could simply be he is a left sided horse and no one has worked him much on the right because he feels different. He could just need more work going to the right but I would have a physical exam done on him to rule that out and a saddle fitting check as well.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-22-2010, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah usually when I ride him I spend a TON of time on the right cantering him and by the end of the ride the canter will feel a bit better! But it takes a bit of time and circling and even then he's rocky.
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