How do you fix a problem when you have limited riding time?
My guy is currently injured- hopefully coming off of an injury, but we'll see!- and is in limited work. No more than three days in a row of active work, no more than about 15 minutes (not counting 10 minutes each walking warm up and cool down.) Just enough to get his heart rate up and maintain a pretension of fitness.
Partly because it's the way he goes, likely partly because of his injury, and partly because of the way I am built and the way I am riding, he travels crookedly- tight on the right side of his body, doesn't want to bend left, carries haunches right. In the past when he was in active work I fixed this by flexing and stretching all his parts- shoulder in, haunches in, haunches out, leg-yield, side-pass, activate this leg, activate that leg. I am worried about doing this now with a healing suspensory and sesamoiditis. First of all I don't feel like his winter self is warmed up enough and loosened up enough to do good flatwork after 10-15 minutes of trot and canter, and I've also been warned off of a lot of lateral work while he's healing. I don't want to let him continue side-winding like a crab because that is not going to help any part of him, leg included; but I also don't want to aggravate the injury by trying to fix the problem.
I think the root of it is the tightness all over on the right and I'm doing neck stretches on the ground before and after riding to try to get him to loosen himself up. What else can I do to improve the straightness with the limited saddle time I have and the restrictions on turning and lateral work you'd expect with a horse coming off of a suspensory?