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    12-31-2007, 02:41 PM
How To Stop Horse From Weaving?

When I get on a trail, my horse has a tendency to weave from left to right. I need her to walk straight so that I don't have to correct her course every second. Any ideas?
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    12-31-2007, 07:40 PM
Does she do this only on a trail? Or does she do it in an arena as well?
    01-01-2008, 12:55 PM
She weaves on both, even when she drives. I don't think she has a balance problem. I think she's extremely curious. Sometimes she's so inattentive that she trips. I've gone to using spurs and this has helped a bit, letting her know I'm serious about her walking straight. I appreciate your imput.

    01-01-2008, 02:44 PM
I saw something on this awhile back, don't remember where sorry. It was basicly about focused riding. The premise being that you focus on something in the distance, trying to keep your mind going straight and having the horse read your body language. I'll see if I can find more, but it really does work. Vida has a tendancy to wander but I notice its mostly when my mind is wandering. If I focus then she does the same. Make sense?
    01-01-2008, 08:25 PM
Is she young? We have a 6 year old who has A.D.D lol. If she is young, it's quite normal.

While you ride her, you can play a game with her called "tit-for-tat." Walk her on a loose rein and DON'T try to guide her anywhere. Have a focus point straight ahead, and say she turns to the left. You will want to GENTLY and POLITELY turn her 90 degrees the other direction, just like a mirror image of what she just did. Basically you are saying, "Your idea, my idea." In this way you don't make her feel wrong and you don't get into a fight with her. Be pateint and consistant, and soon she will start asking questions. She will stay on course because she will tune into your intent. When you have this good at the walk, try the trot. Once the trot is good, then try the canter. You'll want to do this in an arena first and then as you progress you can go out into a bigger area.
    01-01-2008, 11:38 PM
I don't know if this is printed anywhere but this is something I have done with my wb who wanders all over the place.

When im on a track and he doesnt want to go straight I focus my attention on where I want to go and gently push him back each time he wanders. If he wanders to the right, I gently push him back with my right boot and 'wiggle' the right rein on his neck and the opposite for if he wanders right. As soon as he is back in the middle of the track I leave him be. Sometimes this goes on for a while but I have found my fella learnt pretty quick what was expected of him and now he is pretty good. We still have or moments but I think its more because he thinks everything is a big bad monster and its going to jump out and eat him if he doesnt steer clear of it :) we're getting there though
    01-08-2008, 01:04 AM
Thank you SpiritHorse for the sound advice. Now when you say --the horse wanders to the left, Do I turn her 90% from the original course I set--or 90% from where she wandered? So if I'm riding North and she turns West, then I turn her South. Is that correct? Thanks Kim
JazzyHorse -Thank you too! This is so great having this help, Kim
    01-08-2008, 12:27 PM
You want to turn her 90 degrees from where she wandered. :)

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