Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training/lack of muscle on left shoulder

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Hi melanie iv got an un broken 3 year old with intentions to start her in the spring iv noticed her right shoulder is much bigger than her left i dont lounge or side rein her we just walk in hand and long rein. is this normal and whats the best way to deal with it. best wishes jill ..

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She should not be that off from side to side.  Is the area hard to the touch, have any heat, or is it that there is something going on with the bone underneath?

She really needs to be seen by a vet, as there is something going on that a vet could best deal with I think.

There could be many things wrong, but this is not normal, and if left untreated, or ignored, could end up ruining the horse for life.

Let me know what vet says, and hopefully you can find an equine vet, as an all around vet just isn't as good on things like this from my experience.

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Melanie Rowley

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Questions relating to first time, or inexperienced horse owners. Other questions as needed. Questions on American Saddlebreds. Old fashioned training advice, riding advice for beginners, and general care questions. Behavior problems, with emphasis on thinking through aspects of problems that might not seem an issue at first.

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About to turn 55. My father was a Saddlebred trainer, and I grew up around horses. I have also worked as a Master Saddlebred Show Horse Groom, working with Dale Pugh, Art Simmons, Sonny Sutton, and others. I also have worked with Quarter Horses, and Thoroughbreds on a mare and foal operation in Alabama. I have owned for years, and currently have two teenaged geldings. I also for many years have taught riding lessons, to adults and children, working with beginners just learning, and older adults who have lost their confidence, or wanted to get "back in the saddle." I was lucky to be around many of the best horsemen in MO, and AL and learn from them, and strive always to think through a situation and work to keep riders and horses safe. Those also include the many talented grooms, and farriers I met along the way.

Education/Credentials
Some college. General studies towards a nursing degree, which derailed due to divorce. Horse skills learned through over 50 years of watching, learning, doing and absorbing as I grew.

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