Horse has trouble flexing
If a horse is having trouble flexing on one side more than the other, what sort of issues should I be looking for? Chiropractic? General muscle tightness? Previous owner only flexing one side? I'm curious what could make a horse have difficulty flexing to one side but not as much trouble on the other. How could I help this horse?
Horses are onesided just like we are, such as we are right handed or left handed. Just work the bad side twice as much as the good side. There may be something physically wrong but not usually.
My horse had a problem flexing to the right, it ended up that he had a pinched nerve in his neck. I only found out after I called out the chiropractor. If you can find one at a decent price (mine only charges $160 to come out including the farm call fee) I would say that you should start there. I also turned out that my horse needed 8 different adjustments to his back he was as good as new, and he seemed so much more comfortable. Its worth it.
Yes, horses usually have a more dominant side, meaning one side isn't as flexible/stable/strong/whatever. Identify which side this is in your horse and make a point of improving it by working more on that rein. Its also a good idea to lunge your horse on its good side and bad side (slightly more) as this allows the horse to strengthen without interferance from the rider. Try carrot stretches everyday to help with flexibility.
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