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post #1 of 2 Old 09-07-2020, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Improving rider coordination on non-dominant side

Does anyone have any off-horse tips for improving coordination on their non-dominant side? I have issues with some aids and I think it is due to lack of coordination on my non-dominant side. So say for canter where I need to move my left leg back and ask with that, it feels a lot less coordinated than when I ask for canter on the other lead using my right leg. So I have more of a struggle getting into canter where I need to use my left leg and I don't want to blame the horse because the other way is fine and I just feel more put together in how I am asking for canter.

In terms of exercise, I do exercises with free weights, ankle weights, balance ball, pilates, yoga, mobility/stretching, and I walk. In all of that, I do not feel greatly misbalanced in terms of strength or balance from the left to the right side. I am right handed and would kick a ball with my right foot. My right leg is what is used for the pedals driving a car. So I use my right side a lot more than my left in daily life and I think it is the coordination and/or brain pathways from that causing my issues.

So far I have been trying writing my name with my non-dominant hand and I thought I could practice kicking a ball with my non-dominant leg. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-07-2020, 03:25 AM
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Haha, reminds me of first attempt getting on the 'wrong' side of my horse & I put the wrong foot in the stirrup, hopped up &... got confused! Yeah, whatever you can do in practice with your 'wrong' hand/side will help. More practice the better. I used to be very 'one sided' until I started farriery, which, as horses have 4 corners, you need to be ambidextrous for, and while I can't write or draw well with my left hand, I can do most other things almost or as well as with my right these days.
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