Your horse’s symmetry may vary from one training session to another without actually being a sign of lameness. So don't panic!
If your horse’s symmetry drops one day, first try to understand what could have affected his rating during the session? Was it just an isolated problem or was it actually a deterioration in his movements?
What factors can influence symmetry?
Several factors can affect your horse’s symmetry.
- There are external factors, which make up the environment where you train that could affect your session: the terrain is poor (a poor quality of soil), your material (a poorly adjusted saddle is a saddle that bothers your horse and alters his locomotion), or even you… I hate to break it to you, but actually, if you yourself are asymmetrical in your hands or in your movements, you can cause locomotive asymmetry in your horse.
- Internal factors that are specific to your horse can also affect the symmetry such as foot pain, muscle fatigue, and osteoarticular problems (and therefore, potentially a lameness).
It’s up to you to take Motion’s objective data and compare them to your feelings in the saddle in order to analyze and understand what could be bothering your horse!