colt stiff to right; what's the prognosis?
I've been riding an almost 3 year old colt for almost a year. He's a tall leggy quarter horse with cutting and western pleasure breeding. He's a very nice colt overall; not overly athletic but very trainable.
The biggest problem with this colt is that he is stiff to the right. And it seems I am constantly working on this. Whenever we circle to the right, he wants to lift his head and flatten his back. Even doing ground work, he will left lope little circles around me. But not to the right. When I turn him around to the right, he wants to straighten his neck and tip his nose to the left. I have found that the thing that works best for this is a little touch with my right spur. But the problem is that I have to work on this so much.
He is still very young and growing and still has a LOT of filling out to do. Am I or someone going to have to continue working on this for the rest of his life? Do really GOOD horses ever start out really one-sided? Or are most GOOD horses almost naturally ambidextrous?
Oh yes. This colt's feet are trimmed and in good shape. He has very good feet. And, I started this colt in a snaffle but have him in a bosal now.