Originally Posted by kristy
You have indicated signs of a horse that is off balance and bracing against your leg and arm cues. Also, this horse has been exercised consistantly to the left for years on end, he probably does not have the physique to consider higher level work to the right hand side, a side many OTTB struggle with.
Actually down here they're raced to the right so him being more supple to the left is odd? All the OTT TB's I know are stiff on the left rein. Right now I've been Just working him to t he right at the walk and not doing much to the left. Tomorrow I've got a friend of mine coming out to ride him again, He's trained his own horse and last time he suggested I wear spurs. So he's going to put his tack on my horse and have a ride.
Originally Posted by CJ21
maybe you should try long-reining him, and lungeing him on the long-reins, this would help you to create a bend, and control rythm and you may find after a few times he will relax and be more willing and comfortable to bend.
I've tried lunging him on long-reins once with my ponyclub instructor. I can't remeber what he did when we did it to the right but I should probably try it again.
Originally Posted by savepitbulls
Your horse needs to learn to move to the right. He was raced for a long time and is obviously unbalanced which isn't surprising at all. He needs to build the muscles that are required for going that direction and his brain also has to learn to go that direction. Its going to take awhile and it's going to be slow if you want to do it right. He might never be as comfortable going to the right as he is to the left but he should make drastic improvements over time. Start with the basics. Walking - then trotting - then a canter. And make sure you warm up going to the left where he is more comfortable and let him end going to the left as well. He needs to build his confidence going to the right and you don't want to overwhelm him.
Thanks, Yeah I know what you mean about the basics. I'm just walking him now to try and start off slowly. I think he's starting to understand what to do he's just evading it, once he begins to understand to come off my right leg it should be alot better.
Thankyou everyone for your help. I'll let you know how it goes.