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Symptoms & problems

  • Is your horse tense whilst being ridden?
  • Does he not want to turn to one side?
  • Or does he always walk too fast or too slow?
  • Does your horse often strike or does he even rear or buck?
  • Perhaps he is often lame when you ride it?
  • Does your riding sometimes feel more like a fight, because your horse always pulls at one side of the bit?

You are not the only one who sometimes feels this way!  A lot of riders face these problems when they ride and the natural asymmetry might be the cause! I experienced a lot of issues too with my horse Maestro and if you scroll down in article I'll swow you a video in which I tell you more about the struggle with my so called 'problem' horse Maestro.

The natural asymmetry and the natural imbalance of the horse can lead to problems when the riders weight is added to a horse.

Video #1: Overview Natural Asymmetry

This video gives you an overview of symptoms and problems that can arise from natural asymmetry:

The problems can be categorized in:

Natural asymmetry Riding problems:

  • Struggle to bend one way, the other is easy
  • Can do an exercise to one side, but not to the other
  • Lean on one rein
  • Lean in, or out, on a circle
  • Having a ‘hard’ mouth
  • No suppleness/giving in the reins
  • ‘Taking’ the bit
  • High head carriage
  • Heavy in the hand
  • Balance issues
  • Natural asymmetryRider and saddle slide to one side
  • No stretching of the neck forward-downwards
  • Canter lead problems
  • False canter
  • Disunited canter
  • Lateral walk or canter
  • Does not stop square
  • Cannot back up in a straight line
  • Going forward reluctantly
  • Speeding up automatically
  • Prancing
  • Natural asymmetryRider cannot sit in trot
  • Little shoulder freedom
  • No pure tact
  • Short steps
  • Irregularities
  • Bridle lameness
  • Moving downhill


 Mental and behavioral problems:

  • Natural asymmetryAlertness
  • Nervousness
  • Bad attitude
  • Ears flat when doing a specific exercise
  • Protesting
  • Panicking
  • Striking
  • Bucking
  • Rearing

Natural asymmetryPhysical symptoms & problems:

  • Tilting the head
  • Headshaking
  • Grinding the teeth
  • Tongue hangs out of the mouth
  • Kissing spines
  • Dull coat
  • Lumps on the back
  • Strain injuries in front leg(s)
  • Irregularities in the gaits
  • Lameness
  • Navicular disease
  • SI joint problems
  • Knee problems
  • Hip problems
  • Bone spavin
  • Galls

Video #2: Natural asymmetry and my horse Maestro

This video gives you an insight about what troubles my horse Maestro caused me, when I was not aware of his natural asymmetry:

Other causes

The problems listed above can of course also have other causes besides natural asymmetry. The following aspect should always be considered first, since the horse is a herd Grazing horsesanimal that needs movement and social contact.

  • Proper feed, plenty of roughage
  • Fresh air and sunlight
  • Freedom to move in a paddock or field
  • Contact with other horses
  • A saddle, bridle and bit that fit correctly
  • Using a block to mount the horse prevents back problems.

The solution

When all posible causes of your problems are considered and specialists such as veterinarians, dentists and others do not offer a solution, natural asymmetry might be considered as the cause of the problems.

It is then important to reduce the natural asymmetry in order to make the problems disappear.

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6 thoughts on “Symptoms & problems

Comment author said

By Salah on 13 January 2015 at 18:54

A great and useful information , much thanks and appreciation and respect for Marijke .


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By Sandy Whisler on 13 January 2015 at 19:54

Thanks for trying to reach many people with a kind and thoughtful approach to working with horses. The problem may be (in part) the horse, but it is the trainer's (rider's) job to think about approaches that can work to improve the horse without violence or force. Those who take time to read and re-read the masters will eventually find their beautiful horses.

"Anything forced or misunderstood can never be beautiful"


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By Julie on 13 January 2015 at 21:32

very interesting, I can't wait to read and watch more. I have a cob pony that isn't very forward, I'm trying to help him loose weight as he has recently be diagnosed with Metibolic syndrome then I will have his saddle checked.


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By Ilona Marianna Staikou on 4 March 2016 at 13:14

Great video and very clear explanation Marijke. It is a wonderful study. Thank you sharing it with us.


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By Judy Rothwell on 5 April 2016 at 14:31

Since a major back operation 2 months ago I won't be riding my pretty mare until I can trust that she will stop bucking. She has been upset by conventional teaching methods, so I have had a little success just by being understanding and gentle with her. However I can now see with the help of your free information, that she doesn't have strength in her inside hind leg to hold her. I will be going to spectate at a clinic next month and hope to implement your method with my darling Poppy. I can't wait to start, and be part of your straightness training!


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By Georgie on 6 June 2017 at 17:37

Yes, I agree with comments above, and have really enjoyed and benefitted from your short course as well as this and your website. It all makes sense. Thanks for sharing the knowledge I would love to take the full course but finances restrict me.


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