Several months ago I started leasing an 8-year-old Friesian X Percheron mare. :winkgrin:She’s a very solid Training level horse and we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to compete at First by the end of the summer (super exciting for me as I’ve never competed in dressage before!!). As a draft type horse, she’s very challenging to condition - takes forever to increase her fitness level, even with 2 rides from me, 2 rides with her trainer, and a lesson or two with her owner every week.
She is less developed on her right side than she is on her left. She can be bracy and hard to turn to the right, and I can tell even at a walk she isn’t used to using her right hind leg as actively as her left (the lipstick confirms - very rarely is there as much foam on the right side of her mouth). This has caused some soreness and lameness issues (which have been thoroughly checked out and chalked up to fitness and balance trouble).
And here’s the kicker: I have the same problem.:eek: And a recent car accident made it worse. My right side is less developed than my left, and so my right side tends to be tighter and more braced than my left. I even tend to sit to the right of my saddle and drop my right shoulder. :no: I’m going to chiroprachtor/ massage regularly and starting a more intensive fitness regimen to help correct this, but it drives me crazy that I might be making her troubles worse! What specific things can I do to help make myself more symmetrical? Any exercises I need to do.
I do lots of shoulder fore, leg yields, circles, etc. on both sides, especially the right, but I want to know what else I can do to help her develop more symmetrically.
Any insight or suggestions would be great! Thanks!