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post #1 of 16 Old 03-16-2019, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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I've learnt that left side is my easy side, I do my best riding , in a left circle, I can do left turn very smoothly, and with the slightest touch.
My right side on the other hand , I don't know what happens, taking right turns especially smaller ones is very difficult, so much so that my horse walks from trot when I'm turning right.
At first one of my horse's difficult side was also right side, so I thought it was the horse. But I've ridden two more horses, and I've seen that right side is hard so it's definitely me. But I don't know why. I can't pinpoint why turning right is hard. It just is.
How do you guys with deal with this side Imbalance.
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-16-2019, 08:03 AM
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I was very even when younger. As I have gotten older it is my left that is "stronger" mostly due to accidents that have left arm strength and dexterity compromised. That hip has also degenerated because of a genetic disorder.
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post #3 of 16 Old 03-16-2019, 09:50 AM
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I'm not even sure which is my better or worse side. They both have their own issues.

If you are right handed, the right hand will be stronger and often will pull more through the turn, off-balancing the horse. The left leg and hand isn't as effective so the outside of the horse isn't supported. Right leg will be stinger, pushing the horse away from the turn. Other direction, there is a stronger outside wall, keeping the horse straight and more balanced through the turn with a clear directionality.
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-16-2019, 12:46 PM
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My right side was my stronger side due to a couple of bad accidents to my left leg which left it weaker but now that I have injured my right leg that may even out.

As far as horses, I have often found they go better to the left than right and I have suspected this is due to the fact that we usually handle them on the left side, leading, lunging etc. Not a problem for me as my right side was stronger so we balanced out.
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post #5 of 16 Old 03-16-2019, 01:30 PM
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I am better circling to the left, too. This is because my right side is stronger. When I circle left, my outside (right) hand and leg act in a 'supporting' manner. The left hand acts in an 'active' manner, and this is little more than a soft 'tickle' of the rein to create an inside bend (to the left).


The opposite direction is less balanced for me.


I've also read that most horses are better going left. This is thought to be because of how the fetus is often bent that way, in the womb. And, my mount, X, prefers me to be on a right diagonal. that means that if I am traveling left, the 'wall' is on his right side, and I am rising and falling with the leg on the wall , the right leg. Even though we really only trail ride, whenever we pick up a trot on a straightaway, he invariably wants me rising with his right fore.


Or course, we watch the fore leg, and match it to our posting diagonal only because we can SEE it. What REALLY influences posting is the REAR leg. We are lifting off when the rear, outside leg is pushing off. This is why we change our posting diagonals to match the OUTSIDE rear leg's thrust.
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post #6 of 16 Old 03-16-2019, 01:55 PM
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My left is stronger, probably because I naturally lean to the left and my left leg is more steady in the stirrup. My right leg wants to sort of flop around. I do better without stirrups sometimes because of that.

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post #7 of 16 Old 03-17-2019, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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It's interesting what you all say about the right leg being stronger and supporting the outside , in a left turn, it makes sense now that I think about it.
But there is indeed some tightness or shortness in my right hip too, I feel a difference in when I try to do one legged squats (I say try cos I haven't quite nailed it yet).
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-17-2019, 11:43 AM
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Nerve damage to my right leg from being a Marine makes my left side stronger in my legs but I am right handed so my right arm is stronger than my left.
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post #9 of 16 Old 03-17-2019, 01:03 PM
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My left side is my good side too. I'm right handed and work in a lab, so I'm always reaching out with my right arm pipetting. I also carry my purse on the right side all the time and I play the violin so that's my bow arm. I think there's just some uneven muscle development, and that shoulder is always being used down and forward, so I have a much easier time pulling my left shoulder back to go around a left turn. I also have a habit of leaning right and collapsing down on my right side which throws my horse off balance going to the right. It's a constant battle for me, but I am aware of it, so I'm working on it.
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-19-2019, 01:38 AM
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What an interesting thread. I'm better going left and am right handed but my horse is better right. So... I guess that's a bonus xD
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