Originally Posted by JessXxX
I was trying to get him to bend and he's extremely stiff on the right side even my old trainer struggled to get him to bend to the right at first but yes I see what you mean I'l try and work on it :) thank you very much! If you see anything else I'm doing wrong please let me know :)
A way I loosen my horse's neck (he's stiff too) is I pretend the rein is a key.. and I turn it in the lock of a door. Meaning thumb starts out on top.. turn your wrist to face up and your thumb out away from the horse. The rule of thumb is as you pull back a maximum of an inch with your right hand, and "turn the key," you ease up on your right hand (bring it slightly forward so your horse has room to turn without running into the opposite rein.) Keep your left hand turned until he stops being stiff to that side.
A good sign is no tension in the rein but your horse flexes willingly. As soon as he does, slowly turn your right hand back so the thumb is on top. Start "turning the key" with your left hand, easing up with your right hand, until he is flexing.
It will take a few times. I usually make it part of my warm up before I even begin to ride, at the halt. Then I practice it on the long rails of the arena or space I'm in.
I hope that helps. Stiff necks are hard to unlock without a lot of patience and gentle easing. You can also do it on the ground too :)