10 dimensions of natural asymmetry

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Every horse is naturally asymmetrical. In the 17th century, Grandmaster in the art of riding Antoine de Pluvinel (1552 – 1620) already described the natural asymmetry of horses. Also, François Robichon de La Guérinière (1688 – 1751) and Gustav Steinbrecht (1808 – 1885) wrote about this phenomenon in their books.

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The natural asymmetry can be divided into 10 areas:


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Lateral asymmetry

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Almost every horse bends naturally more easily to one side than to the other. This is a result of the natural bending of the spine. The spine is bent from neck to tail, and can be bent to the left or to the right. Some horses have a continuous ‘’S’’-curve in their spine.

The right bended and the left bended horse have a:

  • concave, hollow side that contains short, stiff and strong muscles.
  • convex, stretched side that contains long, supple, weak and less developed muscles.

Right-bended..Rechtsgebogen 127x300 Lateral asymmetryConcave side….Linksgebogen 97x300 Lateral asymmetryLeft-bended

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hoofpreference 300x224 Hoof preference: Is your horse right  or left handed?It’s likely that your horse is either right- or left-handed.

In the wild it makes sense to have a hoof preference, because in emergencies, one side of the body will take the lead.

Do the test:


Step 1: Place some food about 5m in front of your horse.

Step 2: Encourage it to come forward and eat the food.

Step 3: When it begins to eat the food, note whether the left or right hoof is placed furthest forward.

Step 4: Do this twice more.


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