How to correct weaving while riding?

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    03-06-2014, 02:19 PM
How to correct weaving while riding?

Not sure how to go about asking this or how to explain it. Summer has gotten into this weave as we are going down the driveway. At first, I considered her feet (The driveway is dirt and stone), as I had her barefoot for a time to see how she did. After I got her front shoes, she did better but now she seems to think she has to weave down the driveway all the time. I think it also might be a 'I don't want to and we will see if you can make me' (Which I think it might be as a whip gets her moving like she should) I don't like it being a struggle to get her down the driveway every time I want to go. She is fine everywhere else (Even on the roads and such), goes as she's supposed to, listens, except on the driveway...

Any help on correcting this weaving thing would be great. Is there something I am doing wrong?

And just an FYI, I could hop down, make her walk in difficult little circles which I know works, and hop back up again, but she is 16.2 hands and I am a mere 5'3", which makes getting up and down without something to leg up with a pain in the butt itself lol
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    03-06-2014, 09:55 PM
If you mean she is zig-zagging down the hill, it is likely that she is just not strong or muscled enough behind to walk straight down. It's also possible it's pain, but my horse does it early in the season when he doesn't have a lot of muscle on him.
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    03-06-2014, 11:32 PM
Z will do this , somewhat, and it's mostly him thinking about stopping or turning around. He is dithering there, and if I do nothing, he will pick a spot to try balking and see if that will work to get him out of work. The trick is to not allow his mind to wander that direction in the first place.

The instant I feel him hesitating, and I sense that he is thinking "how can I get out of this?", I put a bit of quick pressure on and ask for him to surge forward. He lets go of that thought, even if only for a minute. Then, I try to stay attuned to him and if I sense he isn't thinking "forward", I try to interrupt him and get him to step forward lively-like.
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    03-07-2014, 12:51 AM
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Just like Tinyliny said -- Your horse is wanting to NOT go at all. He is almost thinking about balking or turning around and not going at all.

You just need more impulsion and more forward movement. Stop looking down at your horse. Look up a a point straight in front of you and ride to that point with a purpose. Ride with more conviction and purpose. If nothing else, go faster. Trot forward.

You will find that your horse develops as much conviction to go forward as you have.
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    03-07-2014, 04:28 AM
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Is it that she is showing signs of barn sourness or is it that she has thin soles and feels the stones so is picking her way through them?

Ask your farrier if she has thin soles next time they come.
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    03-07-2014, 04:50 AM
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Put boots on and see if she still des it, that will eliminate the problem with stones issue. Boots are very useful when transitioning from shoes.
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    03-07-2014, 08:38 AM
I don't think it's the stones. A simple test is when you return walk her in the same tracks. I'll bet she goes pretty straight and walks a little faster.
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    03-07-2014, 10:12 AM
How well is the horse trained? Are you cueing for the weaving? Sitting unbalanced? Looking down or off in the distance? Applying pressure with only one leg? More pressure on one side of the bit?
    03-07-2014, 11:56 AM
I do have a habit of looking down more than forward. Even while I walk. I will try moving her into a trot when she weaves. I too think she is playing the I don't wanna lol.

She is an ex racehorse so she is trained well.

She doesn't weave on the way back.

Thanks for the input!
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