~*~*~My gelding is better leading on oneside then the other. What are your thoughts?? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 06-04-2012, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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~*~*~My gelding is better leading on oneside then the other. What are your thoughts??

During my groundwork session (with lead rope on) with my 4 year old I notice he does much better on his left side( <<<<), He doesnt fight as much and is much more smooth. However on his right( >>>> )side he fights more and acts up more.

Then When I work him in circles in the saddle just trotting he does the same thing.

The farrier came out and trimmed him all up and says he looks great! So I know its not the feet.

I am thinking maybe he just needs time being worked on that side more?
I dont want to do anything to make him resist more or be hard in the bit cause im trying to get him to get into his right lead.

He is in a soft bit too, a mellow split snaffle.
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During my groundwork session (with lead rope on) with my 4 year old I notice he does much better on his left side( <<<<), He doesnt fight as much and is much more smooth. However on his right( >>>> )side he fights more and acts up more.

Then When I work him in circles in the saddle just trotting he does the same thing.

The farrier came out and trimmed him all up and says he looks great! So I know its not the feet.

I am thinking maybe he just needs time being worked on that side more?
I dont want to do anything to make him resist more or be hard in the bit cause im trying to get him to get into his right lead.

He is in a soft bit too, a mellow split snaffle.
Thanks guys!
I believe you are correct. Many horses are comfortable on one side more then the other. Just takes more repetition on the difficult side. My Walka is very much like that. At liberty while following me, he will constantly put himself on my right side as opposed to the left.
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A lot of horses are "left-handed". They have a more dominant side of their body just as we do.

I would suggest just working each side equally and not favoring his left side. Keep him bent and supple on both side.

You could also have a Chiro out to evaluate him to make sure there isnt a hinderance that is causing him to fight you on his right side.
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Most horses are right- or left- sided. This doesn't mean they can't learn to lead and lunge and be tacked up from that side, it just means that they prefer one side over the other. It doesn't help that many riders today neglect the horse's right side and do everything from mounting to leading to grooming on the left side. Work with him evenly on both sides, and eventually he'll get it. It just takes them some time to get used to if they've only ever been led on the left side.

He probably hasn't developed muscles for properly working to the right on the lunge yet, which is what makes it a bit of a cycle--can't work to the side because he doesn't have the muscle for it, so he never gains it because he never works to that side. Build up the time you ask him to work on the right side until he's comfortable with it.

Good luck!
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Thank you! He is a newer horse that I bought and Ill keep working with him on that and to build up muscle as well.

I have a question
When I have the bit in his mouth and im working on that side, all he does is fight and I feel I am on constant pressure holding him in that direction, He wont even go in that lead. Im worried im going to make him hard in the mouth. Any suggestions?
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Have you tried flexing him to the sides before you start to work him? He might be stiff enough that it's hard for him to give to the bit on that side.
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I have on his left cause the owner before worked with him on that so he knows what to do. I tried on the right but he kept backing up or moving away from me. I feel I am doing it wrong and dont want to give him mix signals. Have any tips on that?
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Mine likes to go left and gets ornery when I ask him for right. It's just going to take more work on the one side. I tend to make a habit or working my horse on both sides, especially on ground stuff. A lot of horses only feel comfortable with someone on their left side... I make a point to saddle up from both sides, mount from both sides and dismount from both sides. Along with incorporating this into a lot of respect-ground work done with the horse.
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Go back to ground work and work with him to flex equally well left and right. Start with his halter, asking him to flex his head and neck around until he touches his side with his nose.

At first he will probably resist and it will take some firm bumps on the lead to help him get the idea. If he keeps stepping away from you, ease up on your bumps until he just turns his nose even a tiny bit. Release the pressure as a reward at the first sign of giving his nose, then ask for a little more flex and reward him. Keep asking for him to flex further and further each time until he is touching his side. You will probably need to spend more time on his "bad" side until he is equally flexing both ways.

Once he has it down in the halter, go to a snaffle bit and do the exact same thing until he gives and flexes softly on the ground.

When he is supple on the ground, start to ride him in big circles and serpentines to get him supple through his entire body.

It will take some time and work for him to become comfortable, so give it some time. Good luck with him.
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