My guy has a really annoying tendency to resist using his right side correctly - poll, neck, shoulder, ribs, hind leg.
One big annoyance is his tendency to carry his right rib cage considerably to the right and blocking my aids on that side. He's been checked and double checked - it's not a vet, chiro, saddle fit, farrier, etc issue. It is conformationally-based that has become a bad "habit" his whole life (he's 6 now). I also do trigger point and light massage before, during, and after every workout.
He'd gotten to a point where he was consistently better about carrying himself mostly straight. Then, I didn't see him for 6/7 weeks while i packed up the old house and moved into the new house. Now, we're almost back to square one with this. I "came back" ~4 weeks ago and it seems like we're making progress more slowly than we did before his "vacation".
We work on this in various ways during my lessons. I try to continue in between lessons. We do the following to work on overall straightness, flexibility, etc.: serpentines, snowmen, bow ties
, leg yield, shoulder in, shoulder fore, leg yield head out on the circle, shoulder in on the circle (could be shoulder fore, but I'm not entirely sure on exact terminology), quarter pirouette, quarter turn on the forehand, and we just started learning to back correctly. We don't do everything in one session. It all gets mixed in amongst other things. I do apologize if I gum up any terms. My trainer is a dressage person and I'm not, so she "dumbs down" some of the terms for my benefit and I just simply mix up some of them on my own.
Does anyone have any other ideas or suggestions?