Got the idea that your horse is not entirely straight?
That can be right! Because every horse is somehow crooked.
Just like we are left- or right-handed, every horse has a preference for the right or left hand by nature. Therefore, we often speak of left-bent or right-bent horses.
With a right-bent horse, the left side of the horse is strong while the right side of the horse is hollow.
With a left-bent horse, this is the other way around. The right side of the horse is strong while the left side of the horse is hollow.
Normally a horse would want to take on a heavier rein on his strong side. On his hollow side, he’ll find it more difficult to take rein-contact.
Why is straightening your horse so important?
By straightening your horse he will get stronger and less asymmetrical. In addition, the horse will be able to perform the exercises easier.
Besides, it’s very important to have your horse in balance if you want your horse to take on the reins equally on both sides.
And what you shouldn’t underestimate… is that you can prevent a lot of injuries by straightening your horse.
If your horse has more weight on the left or right side, the chance of an injury is much higher.
It can be concluded that straightening is very important. However, do pay attention to the following 3 mistakes that many rider make.