Does rider handedness influence the horse?

Paint Me Proud

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Was talking with a friend earlier and were discussing how both our horses are stiff to bend right and that we were both right handed. We hypothesised that being more right hand dominant meant we subconsciously have a stronger right rein contact that the horses learn to lean on and thus become stiff to the right.

So I am interested in finding out if there is a correlation bewteen handedness and horse stiffness, and what better way than a quick HHO survey :D

All you have to do is choose the option that best describes you and your horse. Which is your dominant hand, plus on which side your horse is stiffer, if at all. You can select multiple options if you have more than one horse.
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Was there not done a study of horse whorl direction and horse "hoofedness" a while back? It might also come into play.
 

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I can't do the poll :) This is because I do not have a dominant hand (or eye, or ear, or foot for that matter), so can't answer. The Older Appy does not appear to have a dominant side either, she does have a double whirle on her forehead which I have been told suggests that she will have no domminant side (not sure that this is actually the case though)
 

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All my horses end up the same 'sided' as me- I have limited grip in one arm only. I wouldn't go so far to say stiff though!
 

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I think it may be to do with road riding meaning we have them bent round to the right slightly. This is to look at traffic, but also because we line up with the kerb, and the shoulders are slimmer than the bottom, so we bend the head right to give the appearance of straightness. I also think a camber can affect balance and muscle structure.

This is from the basis of riding Police Horses for HOURS on the road though, with comparatively little time schooling, so may not be relevant to people who ride mainly on the sand pit.
 

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I have a longstanding shoulder injury on my horses worst side (right), probably not a coincidence, but don't know for sure.
 

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I'm right handed, my pony is left sided we think. I'm right side dominant (so much so it's obvious just by looking at me - I recently had it pointed out by my OH's PT upon meeting me for the first time!).
It's become a problem and I'm attending an assessment with a specialist equine physio lady next Thursday to get it sorted out. I have to film some riding this weekend and send it for assessment.
So yes, I'd agree with you because he is stiffer on the right side and that won't be helped by my right sided-ness.
 
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