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        03-05-2011, 08:47 PM
    Green Broke
    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
    I disagree entirely. Right or left handedness has very little to do with personal preference in a direction. Why do my horses all go better to the right then if I am right handed and theoretically the canter should be better to the left based on the right hind push off? I can't even get a left lead on my filly right now.

    As for figure skating, that's a pretty broad blanket statement to make. You can't possibly know that ALL people feel more comfortable. I am right handed, and I drive with my left hand. Me and my sister are both right handed, and we hold our knife/fork in opposite hands when cutting meat.

    I understand what you're trying to say, and I'm sure it's true in a lot of people, but through the years I have come to see that preference over which direction you ride better in does not correlate to left or right handedness.

    I'm not saying ALL stiffness problems are as a result of the riders preference, I'm just saying it can often by a mitigating factor especially if your HORSE has a preference to go the side you also do, making the "weak" side a challenge for both of you.
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        03-06-2011, 10:09 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Citrus    
    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.....
    I bet it is. It blows all the time here in ND and we have nothing to block it! It's almost all flat and hardly any trees. LOL
        03-07-2011, 04:41 PM
    Have you considered a massage therapist or chiropractor? Recently a chiropractor worked on one of my horses who had decreased extension of both left legs and his extension is much better now. His gait actually improved, not dramatically but enough to be noticeable.

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