We tested how manual exploration with anisotropic loading (Viscosity-Only (negative), Inertia-Only, or Combined-Load) influenced skill transfer to the isolated inertial load. Intact subjects (N=39) performed manual exploration with an anisotropic load before evaluation with prescribed circular movements. Combined-Load resulted in lower error (6.89±3.25%) compared to Inertia-Only (8.40±4.32%) and Viscosity-Only (8.17±4.13%) according to radial deviation analysis (% of trial mean radius). An analysis of sensitivity to load variation in normal and catch trials reveals performance differences were likely due to changes in feedforward mass compensation. Analysis of exploration movement revealed higher average speeds (12.0%) and endpoint forces (22.9%) with Combined-Load exploration compared to Inertia-Only. Our findings suggest that free movements amplified by negative viscosity can enhance the ability to identify changes in inertial loading.