I’ve recently started part-leasing a 16 year old, 17hh ISH; he’s done loads of H/J at 1.2 in his younger years, and I’m using him for dressage. I’m riding him 2-3 days a week and a trainer is riding him 1-2 days as well, to keep him fit. (His owner is gone for a year.) He’s generally a lazy kinda guy, but has lovely gaits when he’s really working.
However, he has difficulty with the right canter: he’s reluctant to take it, is hollow, and generally will change behind or do little crowhops after just a half-circle in right canter, and then break to trot. His hocks are a bit sore (though they’ve been recently injected), and he has the handicap of having been accidentally shot in his right flank some years ago, no doubt compounding his ouchiness.
He does not have issues in the left canter.
I’m interested in recommendations for schooling and exercises that might help build up his strength and overcome some of his right-hind problems…and many thanks for the advice!