This One is on Me

So jokes on me.

O is completely sound.

I am not.
Allow me to explain.

Sadly I am practially useless on the left side of my body, as I am very right hand dominant. After O strained/injured/whatever her left hind she compensated by using her right side more. Completely natural. However, I apparently have fed on this and coupled with my already weak left side I have turned into a monster!!

My trainer today mentioned that I have really become biased to my right side, and tend to curl in and fall in on the left side. My horse, as only a mare can, decided she is done with that bull and is fixing it herself…by throwing herself to the right as well. It feels weird and looks a little weird. Although I feel better that she’s not hurting or anything, I feel like an idiot. Since it’s not something that has been going on for very long, my trainer thinks that if we can nip this in the bud her canter will even back out, and we can continue to build up my left side.

Easily said than done. My core, left shoulder and hips were screaming after two laps around the ring going correctly. I’m aware of my left side weakness, but when did it get this bad?! Homework for the week is to do figure eights, no stirrup work to urge my own body into straightness, and even having a friend lunge me without reins so I can just sit and be straight.

Sounds like a back to basis few weeks for me. Which is good. I already have enough bad habits, I don’t want to add left side curling/weakness to the list. O got major cuddles, and we went around for a few simple changes. She was already tired and steaming, and felt the urge to be ‘clever’ about a few things, but overall we ended on a nice straight note. Hopefully this will continue.

O bugging passerby for treats and love…


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