You’re not alone.
No one comes into riding with a perfectly symmetrically aligned body. Just like the horse, we have a softer and a stiffer side. Not necessarily related to right or left-handedness.
There, sounds better just saying it out loud, doesn’t it? We are all a work in progress.
My friend Helena came out while I was riding Gandolf – I got a snippet of film in trot and canter. I rarely really get to see what’s actually happening, but yep, left side of the ribcage still collapses in a little on me when going in that direction.
This was SO valuable to see! (Thank you thank you thank you Helena!) Thinking this is a part of the struggle with my young mare – helping her straighten up her inside shoulder is not going to happen if I’m weighting it at the same time!
Still in canter, better here:
Now, need to figure out how to level the torso without any visuals or help from the ground. A shish kabob stick lined up there should do the trick. Bit dangerous during bucking though.
Also helpful was seeing how Gandolf swings his haunches out on the circle. Instead of “yielding his withers” for the inside leg, he just sort of slides the hind out. I feel it, of course, but seeing it in motion was great.
Next scheme, bribing my youngest to film at least twice during summer break. Thought about using a twitch on him, but then he gets so noisy and just starts to shake the phone. Bribe will have to do.