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Oro's second post-track ride. He is such a cool horse! Oro has developed a pattern of bracing on his left side. He wants to keep his head cocked to the right and tighten his neck muscles -- which of course makes bending to the left a bit challenging. This might seem like no big deal -- but it gets to be much more significant once you start to trot and lope. Because that "no big deal" angle to the right on his head will quickly translate into lots of crookedness once your velocity increases. As Peter Campbell says, "Business picks up when you increase speed." Which just means it's important to fix seemingly small things at slow gaits -- so that they don't flower into something much bigger when you go faster :) In the video, Lynn tries to show Oro how to bend on the left by asking him to yield his left hindquarter over to the right. He did really well and is such a smart horse! This muscle pattern is an old one for him -- but he seemed willing to learn how to undo it, one ride at a time. Ground work helps alot with this too. ... See MoreSee Less

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