Counter-bent at the canter
Pony had two months off where he didn't have to canter. The first month was him being on stall rest due to injury, and the second month was me riding bareback. I'm still riding bareback, but we're cantering now (woo hoo!).
He does really well to the right. The left, however, has always been sticky for him, and two months off haven't helped. I got him to pick up his left lead twice today, but it involved an awful lot of fighting and resistance. The worst thing, to me, was that he was counter-bent the whole time. I think that's the right phrase. Basically if you can imagine how a horse on a circle, you want its body to be nicely bent around that circle so it sort of follows the line of the circle, right? Well, his bend was the exact opposite.
He can trot a circle to the left with a really nice bend, BUT once he suspects he's going to be asked to canter left, all the sudden his bend goes the wrong way.
I'm going to try to use more inner leg, but I'm wondering if anyone else has any thoughts about getting him cantering better to the left.
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