So the last couple of weeks I've been learning a lot more about horses and their hooves thanks to @growingcynical! Of course I did a lot of research on my own and in particulary on the low/high-heel syndrome. It's pretty common with horses, but every horse is different and experiences it in his own way.
Low/high-heel syndrom is when the horses heel have a difference in height. With Diva you can see that her right heel is higher than her left. @growingcynical explained to me that Diva favors her left side over her right side because of the way her hooves are. I've been going deeper in what L/H-heel syndrome actually means to the whole body of a horse and learned a lot! In the third picture you can see Diva's shoulder and that there is a difference in muscle. Her left muscle is bigger than her right and that is no coincidence. Her muscles match her hooves.
Watching Diva after that it became obvious she always grazed with her left leg in the front, but there was more. I tried watching her while moving and asking her to do the same things on her left side as on her ride side. On her left side it was all fine, but when I asked on her right side she refused and even went as far as to walk back and push me the other way; letting me know that she'd rather worked on the other side. It's clear that she's not comfortable stretching out her right side.
It should get a bit better in time if we work on getting her right side stronger, but while working on that there's something I've been hearing a lot. "It's common for horses." I've talked to people about L/H-heel syndrome and almost everyone came with that answer. Just because it's a common problem doesn't mean that we shouldn't do something about it! People tend to overlook that common is not the same as not hurting. It's common that people get sick, does that make the sick person feel fine? No, he still feels sick! There's been so much talking about horse abuse and whips and spurs. Even though a common problem like L/H-heel syndrome can do just as much damage. So watch your horse and if he rears or kicks when you do something, try to find out the problem instead of shoving it off onto 'stubornnes'! #horseinfo #diva