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post #1 of 5 Old 07-31-2010, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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What is wrong with my left hand?

I need advice for my left hand.

According to my instructor it's constantly busy and never even with my right. I tried holding my left thumb with my right hand, pressing it down by the mane like she said but nothing seemed to make it better? I'm thinking my left hand just isn't as strong as my right [she says my right hand is perfect] because I am a right handed person.

I'm actually so right handed, that people comment on how much more muscle I have developed on my right arm as opposed to my left.

So what can I do to build up strength in my left hand to keep it steadier and less busy?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-31-2010, 08:38 PM
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I struggle with the exact reverse problem! I'm very left handed, and my right radius bone is too short, so there isn't a lot of potential to become truly "even", but I work on it.

My advice is to use a small weight. I have a little dumbbell, but a beanbag or even a tightly sealed water bottle can work. Whenever you're just sitting around, watching tv, even while online, work the weight up and down. Do look up the correct lifting technique, as even a very light weight can be harmful if you don't work your muscles correctly.

Also, just try using your left hand for normal activities.

In the saddle, have you tried holding a riding crop with both hands? Focus on holding the crop level and even. If your left hand gets difficult, you can see and feel the movement of the crop to help fix the issue.

Good luck!

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-31-2010, 09:42 PM
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I used to have a problem similar to this. My instructor told me that if I said "hands" to myself say, every ten strides or so, I should be able to keep my hands in the correct position. It still hasn't completely worked, but it keeps me remembering what I'm supposed to do.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-01-2010, 02:21 AM
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I'm pretty ambidextrous. I'm right handed but over the years I have done a lot of writing with my left hand and somethings I do left handed. Try hand writing with your left hand for three months - should help you develop control.

At uni I write in a small A5 binder book. I write on the right side of the binder with my right hand so the rings don't get in the way, and I write with my left hand on the left side so the rings don't get in the way. Get strange looks but its good being able to use both hands. My left will always be weaker though.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-03-2010, 03:25 PM
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Put a whip in your left hand and have the whip lay across the middle of your thigh (at first you might want to tape it to the proper place on your thigh).

That way you'll feel it move and if it too busy the horse will react to it moving all the time.

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