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Stiff to one side? or just a turn problem...

October 2012 by Lisa Ashton, Equitation Science Consultant, BA (Hons), PGGE, MBA, AEBC ES Cert, BHS II (Reg)

 

Provided there is no physical pain, that heavy feeling you get on one rein, which seems to be a physical stiffness to one side in your horse, could actually be a simple failure of your 'turn' aid or signal. Your horse may have been rewarded for bending his neck, instead of stepping his front legs to the side when asked to turn. 

If your horse offers you a degree of neck bend before turning the forelegs to one side, the turn to the other side will be straighter in the neck but often heavier in the rein.