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        03-04-2011, 11:34 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    It's just like everything else, practice, practice practice. Work the bad side twice as much as the good side. In time, the bad side and the good side will switch. It can be frustrating, but look for small accomplishments then switch sides for a while. Then try the bad side again. Always ask with the lightest pressure at first and increase until you get a response. Use as little pressure as possible, but as much as necessary.
         
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        03-05-2011, 12:17 AM
      #12
    Trained
    I agree...you need to work on the bad side more than the good side right now. And in small increments; meaning ask for a little bit of bend, release, ask for a little more bend, release, etc. Reward the slightest try at first, and just gradually ask for more and more. You'll get there, just keep at it.

    I went through that same sort of thing with my mare because she had so much tense muscle build up in her neck from being high headed and nervous for so long before I got her; so I had to start flexing very gradually...asked for a tiny bit of bend, and eventually she was able to bend all the way back to my foot...but it took a LONG time to retrain those muscles in her neck, and loosen them enough so she actually could bend.
         
        03-05-2011, 03:13 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    I spoke to my trainer who reminded me that horses won't do something because it can't physically do it or can't mentally do it.... I am thinking this is a physical thing for him. I will go back to releasing for the and see how that works.
         
        03-05-2011, 06:28 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    That has fairly little to do with horses. My aunt is right handed, and stronger in almost everything on her right side, however horses go better to the left for her. As an accomplished equestrian and coach, her horses go fairly equally in both directions but she has an uncanny ability to get on a horse who won't pick up a left lead and get that lead on the first try - the same ability doesn't work to the right.
    when horses are on a left lead they're pushing on with the right hind.

    Same applies for right handed humans in ice skating. Right handed people always feel more comfortable and have more power going in left hand circles.
    And vice versa
         
        03-05-2011, 08:49 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by christopher    
    when horses are on a left lead they're pushing on with the right hind.

    Same applies for right handed humans in ice skating. Right handed people always feel more comfortable and have more power going in left hand circles.
    And vice versa
    So the stiffness on his bending to the left means he is actually stiff on the right side of his body and means he cannot bend that way..... interesting. Goes back to the he cannot physically do this.... will keep working on it.
         
        03-05-2011, 08:56 PM
      #16
    Showing
    It may be an old wives tale (or horse tail) I heard you can tell what brain sided a horse is by which side the mane falls on. If its both sides the horse is more able to think one brained.
         
        03-05-2011, 09:00 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    My horse is good both ways, but he feels better on his left lead rather than his right. I definitely have a left handed horse, yours could be like that too!
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        03-05-2011, 09:29 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
    It may be an old wives tale (or horse tail) I heard you can tell what brain sided a horse is by which side the mane falls on. If its both sides the horse is more able to think one brained.
    When we bought him, it was on the right, but now it is on the left and I did nothing to make it change... wondering if the wind here in Colorado is that different than the wind in North Dakota.....
         
        03-05-2011, 09:38 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    That really interesting. .. but this "tell" is true for my horse his mane is on the right. And his right lead is his bad one
         
        03-05-2011, 09:43 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Frankiee    
    that really interesting. .. but this "tell" is true for my horse his mane is on the right. And his right lead is his bad one
    well yes, that does fit... Citrus' mane is on the left and he is stiff on that side.... interesting....
         

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