Sandy: Ten percent of the Arabian thoroughbreds and quarter horses show a left lead dominance while 90% prefer their right lead. It is important to know this when training the horse since it will impact its performance. Most horses can be worked to have the strong, flexible movement in either direction to perform. Knowing the hand dominance or if the horse is ambidextrous helps in selecting an animal to train for Dressage. Right-side dominant race horses have an advantage on the majority of the race tracks that run counterclockwise because they take a longer stride naturally with the right foreleg, which helps them turn to the left.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.